As of: February 12, 2024, 5:30 a.m
By: Sebastian Oppenheimer
As soon as the fuel gauge in your car lights up, you should go to a gas pump immediately.
But how far can we actually get in this case?
Not all drivers are the same.
This can be seen, for example, when it comes to cleanliness: While some people drive through the car wash almost once a week and then clean the inside of the car, for others the “cleaning frequency” is significantly lower.
It's similar when it comes to refueling: many drivers head to the next petrol pump when the tank is still between a quarter and half full.
Others like to maximize the range of their vehicle - and don't let the glowing fuel gauge bother them.
But: How far can a car actually travel in this case?
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Exact remaining range of vehicles: Many factors play a role
Fuel is not cheap - that's why drivers should heed a few savings tips.
Among other things, analyzes have shown that refueling on certain days of the week and at certain times is particularly inexpensive.
However, you should not completely exhaust the reserve of a car.
According to experts, anyone who runs their tank empty, including every last drop, risks expensive damage to the fuel system.
But how far can you go when the fuel gauge is lit?
It depends on.
On the one hand, it depends on the vehicle manufacturer and the model.
Nowadays, the remaining range is often shown in kilometers on the display anyway - but you shouldn't rely on it 100%.
Many factors play a role in the range: your own driving style, the route (e.g. with steep gradients), the traffic flow, but also, for example, the weight of the vehicle (e.g. increased by many passengers and heavy luggage).
As a rule of thumb, however, there is usually around 50 kilometers left when the display lights up.
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When the fuel gauge starts to light up, there is usually enough fuel for around 50 kilometers.
But you shouldn't push this to the limit.
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However, as a driver you should not drive to a gas station at the last second - and not just because there is a risk of damage to the vehicle.
Anyone left with an empty tank will face a fine.
While there is no risk of trouble in the event of a breakdown, the situation is different if the vehicle breaks down due to a lack of fuel: it could have been avoided.
In this case, according to
you will have to pay 70 euros on the motorway - because stopping is prohibited there.