When Out Of Gas Call For Reno Towing
Julie Sussman, et al in their book Dare to Repair Your Car has below to say about steps to take into consideration when you are caught in a the hairy situation of being out of gas. I love her humor in this book. It makes information so much easier to digest. Do not forget to keep the number of one of the tow companies Reno NV, it will save you a lot of stress!
Out of Gas
There are those who like to live on the edge of life, and then there are those who like to live on the edge of the fuel gauge. For all you easy riders, we recommend that you get your kicks on Route 66 without running out of gas, because not only can it be dangerous for you, it can also be harmful to your car's engine. You see, most cars have the fuel pump inside the fuel tank; therefore, if there's no fuel inside the tank, the fuel pump can burn up. So if you love the rush of having the needle in the red, you need to know what to do when the inevitable happens.
Never leave a filled container of gasoline in your car because the container may spill or leak and pose a fire hazard. Another important reason is that if your car is involved in a crash, it can cause a very dangerous situation. Gasoline containers are made of either plastic or metal, but no matter which kind you buy, it must be vented to prevent the buildup of pressure and greater potential of spilling while filling. If you have to walk to a gas station, only do so if it's light outside and walk as far away from the street or highway as you can. If you don't have a gasoline container in your car; don't panic, because gas stations usually sell them.
Filling a Gasoline Container
Place the container on the ground and remove the lid. Never fill a gasoline container while it is on or in a car or in the back of a truck. Only fill a container while it's on the ground to avoid static electricity and spills. Select the grade of gasoline and payment method. Remove the gas pump nozzle and fill the container slowly to prevent overfilling and static electricity. Do not use the refueling latch because the container will fill up quickly and you'll end up spilling gasoline.
The common gasoline container can hold 1 to 5 gallons of gasoline, but don't fill it to the top because you need to leave space for the gas to expand, and you only need enough gasoline to get you back to the gas station in your car (a full container of gasoline can be heavy to carry, especially if you’re walking a great distance). The average car gets around 18 miles to the gallon, so if you know the distance between your car and the gas station, you can figure out how much you’ll need to drive back to the station to fill the tank up completely.
Return the nozzle to the pump and place the lid on the container making sure that it is really tight. You don't want to be leaving a trail of gasoline behind you!
If you spilled any gasoline, use a paper towel (typically located at pumps) to wipe it up; and if it was a big spill, notify the attendant. If u are putting the filled container into a car, be sure to secure it so that it won't tip over."