September 26, 2005
BCAA warns against “running on empty”
Burnaby, British Columbia – The British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) warns that ignoring your vehicle’s low fuel indicator could lead to significant inconvenience or unscheduled repairs.
The association reports an increase in the number of calls from motorists stranded with empty fuel tanks. “It seems more and more people are taking chances, hoping that gas prices will subside,” says Ken Cousin, Director for BCAA Road Assist, who notes a 15 per cent increase in the number of fuel-related emergency calls in August and September over the same period in 2004.
The association notes that the fuel gauge is only a guide, and should not be relied upon as an ultra-precise measurement tool. It also warns that driving with less than a quarter-tank of fuel for extended periods of time will invite internal condensation, and that contaminants that collect at the bottom of the tank are more likely to be sucked up by the fuel pump, which could require replacement of the fuel filter.