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Calling For Help When Out of Gas
Okay, so you've made the decision that the safest way to get to where you need to be and get your car off the road is to call a Reno towing company who can either deliver the correct fuel to you or tow your vehicle to a nearest gas station. Here is what Julie Sussman, et al has to say about that topic when you find yourself in that situation. This is from their book Dare to Repair your car.
Calling for Help
If you had to call for a tow truck, there are things you can do while you wait; set up safety triangles behind your car; pop open the hood, and wait up on a hill, behind a metal guardrail, or, if in the city, wait on the sidewalk. Never, never, never get in a car with a stranger. If a stranger really wants to be helpful, have him or her bring back a container of gasoline to you. If you belong to an auto service, don't just say that your car needs to be towed. Instead, request that some fuel be brought to you – but remember, some auto services provide this service and otherwise not. If a tow truck driver hands you a gasoline container, make sure that he stays until you fill the car with fuel and start the engine. If the towing company is only allowed to tow you, request that the car be towed to a gas station instead of a repair shop. Once again, don’t let the driver leave until you fill the car with fuel and start the engine.
Your car owner's manual says that you should be getting 18 miles to the gallon, but you find you're frequenting the gas station more than Starbucks! It's time for you to calculate the mileage yourself.
Calculating Actual Fuel Mileage
There are five easy steps to this task.
Write this information and the date into the car owner's manual for future reference. After doing that hard math, you deserve a Frappuccino.
- Fill up the gas tank.
- Reset the trip odometer so that it reads all zeros.
- The next time you go to the gas station (and it doesn't have to be when the tank is almost empty), fill up the tank and get the receipt. The receipt will tell you how many gallons you put into the tank.
- Write on the receipt the miles on the trip odometer.
- Divide the total mileage (driven between fill-ups) by the total gallons used and you have the answer to how many miles per gallon your car is getting.
We all know that the bigger the car, the bigger the bill at the pump. But did you know that driving conditions, tires, tire pressure, speed, and proper maintenance also plays a role in fuel consumption? Even having a luggage carrier on top of your car causes you to use more gas (the carrier creates wind resistance, or drag, which makes the care work a little harder while moving).
In these times of high fuel prices, every penny – oops, every dollar – counts. Therefore, learn and practice the following tips.
- Drive the speed limit.
- Don't warm up your car for more than 2 to 3 minutes in the winter and a minute in the summer – it just wastes fuel. A car's engine doesn't warm up until it's been on the road for 10 miles.
- Don't speed up to a red light or stop sign and don't put the pedal to the metal after the light changes to green. Quick starts and stops wreak havoc on your brakes and tires and waste fuel.
- Keep your tires properly inflated, rotated, and balanced, and have your wheels aligned.
- Change the air filter regularly.
- Follow the guidelines in the car owner's manual for regular maintenance checkups.
- Change the oil and replace the oil filter every 3,000 miles, or as recommended by the car manufacturer.
- If your car has a manual transmission, shift properly to avoid straining the gears and engine.
- Get organized. Don't just run one errand at a time; instead, try to do several errands at once. You'll save both time and money by making your trip more efficient.
- Visit www.gasbuddy.com or AAA's www.fuelcostcalculator.com to find the cheapest gas in your area.
- Don't drive around with a trunk filled with items you don't need to keep there, such as lawn chairs, bags of mulch, athletic gear, and the like. The extra weight your car is carrying around causes it to use more fuel."
This rounds up our conversation regarding Fuel Delivery service and safety tips when you run out of gas while on the road. In the next posts, we will tackle everything about your vehicle's tires.
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