An increasing number of motorists are breaking down because their vehicle runs out of fuel, a new survey has found.
The study, which was commissioned by LV= Road Rescue and asked 2,000 motorists, found that:
- 827,000 estimated drivers ran out of fuel in 2014 compared with 777,000 in 2013
- Almost a quarter of motorists believed that they could drive 40 miles after the fuel warning light came on. Researchers found this was only possible for around half of the UK’s most common cars
- 536,000 ignored their vehicle’s fuel warning light, while 267,000 said they didn’t notice it was on
- Over half (54%) passed a petrol station when they needed to fill up, in the hope of finding cheaper fuel elsewhere
- 67% of motorists admitted that they never fill their tank up to the top
- 13% of respondents had broken down at any time due to an empty tank
We would always advise to prepare for journeys by ensuring you have enough fuel in your car. Not only will this avoid the stress of vehicle breakdown, but it will prepare you for any additional traffic or possible diversions on your route.
Breaking down due to an empty fuel tank can also damage your engine. To keep your car in good working order, we advise filling up when your car needs fuel, paying attention to any warning lights and booking in for a service.
Call us on 0114 229 3362 or visit our website to request a service quote.
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