I have a 2002 Toyota RAV4 and in my user guide it says "when the gas light comes on you should fill up soon." Well "soon" means different things to different people. Can anyone anywhere tell me how many more miles I can go when the gas light comes on... before running out of gas? My neighbor upstairs has a different car and his manual clearly says "when the gas light comes on you can go approximately 30 more miles." There should be a standard! Wondering... MicheleWell, Michele, just as "soon" means different things to different people, it means different things to different car makers, too. You've got a few choices how to deal with this issue.
You can choose the experiential method -- buy a high quality gas container, fill it up with some gas, and drive your RAV4 in a quiet residential area until the gas light comes on. Set your trip meter, and drive until you run out of gas. Now you know how far you can go in your SUV once the gas light comes on. Pour the gas from your can into your tank, and go fill up again.
Obviously, you have to be very mindful of how you perform this experiment. Don't put yourself in situations where you might run out of gas in hazardous intersections or other dangerous spots, and handle your spare gas with all the usual precautions. Consider this a disclaimer, and don't do anything dumb -- use common sense when you know you're about to run out of gas.
Or, you can do what I do -- never let your tank get more than three-quarters empty, and don't test your luck. I am a firm believer in keeping my SUV in shape for an emergency -- I always want to have at least 100 miles worth of gas in my tank in case of earthquake, flood or fire. My wife thinks I'm crazy, and regularly runs her car on fumes. But I follow that old Boy Scout motto, "Be Prepared."
Does anyone have any ideas for Michelle? How do you handle your fuel needs? Click "comments" below and share your stories.
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