Let me start with a question. Are you the one who will continue to drive even the low fuel indicator is ON? Well, you are not alone. Guess there are a lot of the people did this as well.
A while ago, my colleague fetched me from PJ to KL town to delivery Chinese New year hampers and oranges to customers. The entire journey he drove with the low fuel indicator ON. I reminded him few times and he just brushed me off by telling me that it's normal for him to drive in such condition. I don't understand why he wants to put such unnecessary risk on us. Here are some of the reasons why we shouldn't drive our vehicle in low fuel.
Fuel gauge is not always accurate
Yes, the fuel gauge is just an estimation. We tend to rely on technology so much that we forgot sometimes technology may go haywire too. Also, the fuel level very much depends on our driving behavior and other criteria. Don't even speed up to try to get to the petrol station, doing that will even dry up the fuel faster than you expected. Air-conditioning, electronics such as radio and mobile chargers are also sucking the fuel. Don't think that little bit of fuel can really last that long.
Damage the fuel pump
The fuel pump is one of the important parts in our car. It sends fuel from the tank to the engine. Little that we know of, the car fuel pump is kept cooled and lubricated by the fuel. When the car running low on fuel, it may overstress, overheat and damage the fuel pump.
When our luck runs out – Stuck in traffic
We will never know what will happen in the next minute. When the car is running low on fuel, we assume that everything will go as planned and be able to reach the petrol station just in time. The next minute, we are stuck in an unexpected traffic jam. Oh no……. Traffic jam is stress, adding the low fuel indicator light, it doubled our stress.
好运气用完了 – 堵在车龙中
Worst of all - Risk of losing life
In Malaysia, there are a lot of cases whereby people lost their lives while changing the tire or fixing their car on the emergency lane, due to approaching vehicles failed to spot them. So, don't think that emergency lane is safe enough. We only live once, so we need to be good to ourselves by not letting us risk our life due to this silly reason.
最严重的 – 生命的威胁
So, since there are so many disadvantages on letting the car running low on fuel, next time, when the car is on ¼ full, why don't we just turn the steering, drive to the petrol station and spend the few minutes to refuel. Nothing to lose because we will need to spend the few minutes anyway. This will eliminate all the unnecessary risks mentioned above.