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If the fuel gauge lights up: how far can my car go now? 

2022-05-12T03:02:22.428Z

If the fuel gauge lights up: how far can my car go now?  Created: 05/12/2022, 04:49 am By: Dominik Jahn How far will my car go when the fuel gauge comes on? © Hendrik Schmidt/dpa Fuel gauge in the car: no more petrol in the tank? In certain circumstances, there is even a risk of fines. Motorists are currently paying close attention to the prices at the petrol stations. The cost of fuel has le



If the fuel gauge lights up: how far can my car go now? 

Created: 05/12/2022, 04:49 am

By: Dominik Jahn

How far will my car go when the fuel gauge comes on?

© Hendrik Schmidt/dpa

Fuel gauge in the car: no more petrol in the tank?

In certain circumstances, there is even a risk of fines.

Motorists are currently paying close attention to the prices at the petrol stations.

The cost of fuel has led to massive problems, as

echo24.de

reported.

It is not uncommon for the tank to be filled to the brim.

However, frugality can also have its pitfalls.

The fuel gauge quickly lights up again.

But how far can my car go now?

If you stop, you may even be fined under certain circumstances.

Car drivers can save fuel by taking certain measures.

But you should refrain from measuring the refueling too tightly for your route.

According to the General German Automobile Club (ADAC), you are

“legally obliged to have enough fuel on board for the journey”

.

How accurate are fuel displays: The ADAC has tested it

What if it does happen?

If the fuel gauge lights up and there is no gas station in the immediate vicinity?

Can I still get to the pump with my car?

In a test with different vehicle models, the ADAC tested the reserve and accuracy of the displays.

The frightening thing was that the displayed range was not entirely correct for any car.

But: In no case was more displayed than was actually in the tank.

However, the result also makes it clear that no driver should rely one hundred percent on the last reserve kilometers displayed.

Digital fuel gauges at zero: Reserve tank has about five liters of petrol

In the ADAC test, there were basically between eight and 60 kilometers more in the tank than indicated by the on-board computers.

However, an exact statement is not possible due to the always different driving conditions,

"such as acceleration processes, gradients and traffic flow"

.

You can also try to calculate your existing reserve yourself - especially in older models that still work with a fuel needle.

In newer vehicles, the driver does not even have to calculate the remaining fuel.

This is where the digital display helps.

If this is at zero, there are usually around five liters left in the reserve tank.

Depending on your driving style, that's enough for about 50 kilometers.

Analog fuel gauge: How to calculate the reserve tank

In the case of older vehicles and an analog fuel gauge, however, the filling level for the reserve can also be determined.

If the lamp lights up, the fuel is running low.

According to

technology magazine Chip

, there is a simple formula for this.

It is important to take a look at the car's operating instructions.

The information about the volume of the tank is crucial.

The next time the tank is empty, you have to fill up the car.

After that, according to

chip.de, “the amount you fill up is subtracted from the total volume of the tank.

The difference indicates the size of your reserve tank

.

Now the own average consumption is missing.

You can calculate this yourself, or you can read it off the on-board computer of newer vehicles.

The remaining tank content is then divided

"by the average consumption" and the result is multiplied by 100"

.

This gives you the amount in liters in the reserve tank.

Fuel gauge lights up: If the car stops, it will be expensive

If you end up breaking down with your car and the fuel gauge is lit, you have to expect a fine.

The ADAC points out that drivers who break down with their vehicle on the motorway or in a busy area and obstruct traffic face a fine of 30 euros and a point in Flensburg.

Source: merkur

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