We’ve all done it: you know you’re close to being out of gas, but you’re pretty sure you can make it to the closest gas station but as it turns out you don’t quite have enough and you’re stuck on the road, no gas and not quite at the gas station. If you’ve never been in this situation it can be a little scary, but here are some tips to help keep you safe until you can get gas in your vehicle.

Stop your vehicle

If you run out of gas then obviously you can’t keep going, but it’s important you completely stop your vehicle and put it into park. If you can pull your vehicle off to the side of the road then that is advisable, but if you run out of gas then that isn’t always possible. The best thing to do is put your car in park and turn on your hazard lights so that other vehicles know you’re there a safe distance to drive around you.

Call for assistance

Most insurance policies, and even car manufacturers offer roadside assistance when you purchase a new vehicle. If you have one of these programs they will usually include some type of fuel delivery. Some policies offer just enough gas to get you to the nearest gas station while others may offer to fill your tank – you will have to consult your policy for the details. Either way, you’ll want to immediately place a towing service to get assistance so you aren’t stranded for too long.

If you don’t have one of these programs for your car, then you need to call a family member or friends and ask them to bring you some gas in a gas safe container so you can get to the nearest gas station and fill up your vehicle.

Stay in the car

Especially if you are on a highway, you should never get out to wander around your car. All of the vehicles driving around you may not be able to see you so you could be hit and injured if you’re wandering around the car, or on the side of the road. The safest thing for you to do is stay in your car with your seatbelt on, just in case something happens.

Call 911

If you are driving on a remote road, or in an area where roadside assistance cannot get to you in a timely manner then you can call 911 as a non-emergent call. In the worst case scenario, your car may be towed to the nearest gas station or even to your home if you aren’t too far from home.

You should never attempt to walk to the nearest gas station as leaving your car on the side, or in the middle, of the road leaves your exposed to theft. It is always safer to sit and wait for help, or the authorities and a tow truck, than to try and walk to get help. You should never leave your car unattended on the side of the road.

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