What Do I Do if I Run Out of Gas on the Interstate?

Gasoline being distributed into vehicle

The Importance of Gas Service

It happens to the best of us, no matter how well-planned we live our lives. What are we talking about? Running out of gasoline in the car. It can be a sinking feeling to hear that sput…sput…sput and then the car dies. Maybe you were on your way to a gas service station and did have quite enough to make it. Or maybe the gas gauge doesn’t read correctly. 

Things are different today when it comes to gas service stations. There was a time, when if you ran out of gas, you could call or walk to the nearest station and they would fill a gas can up, bring it to your car, and get you on your way. They would check under the hood for the oil level, water level, and air filter. Today, gas service stations offer more than gas. They offer beverages and food, souvenirs, first aid stuff, and more. But the chance of them bringing gas to your car is rare. 

Fortunately, garages offer gas service and towing, at a cost. And we have auto clubs, third-party or through automobile insurance. They provide gas service, lock-out service, and jumper service. Again, at a cost either monthly or by the service.  If you find yourself needing gas service, do you know what type of fuel your car uses?  

Chances are your car uses unleaded fuel, most cars on the road do. But there is a chance your vehicle may use diesel fuel, common for pickups and heavy weigh vehicles. This information is available inside the gas door where you put gas in, there should be a label that clearly states the type of gas service required. 

Not as common these days, there are commercial vehicles that use natural gas or propane. The chances of a driver letting those vehicles run out are not likely.  And then, of course, there are solar-powered cars. The solar-powered cars can’t be filled with a gas service and sent on their way, they require being recharged.  

What are the different types of power available today for cars?

To recap the different sources of powering cars today, please review the following: 

  • Biodiesel: A renewable fuel that is manufactured from animal fats, recycled cooking grease, or vegetable oils.
  • Electricity: This method isn’t brand new, but is becoming relatively more common as we depend more on solar power. 
  • Ethanol: Becoming a more widely used way to power cars and is blended with gasoline. 
  • Hydrogen: This type of car fuel has the potential to be an emissions-free alternative and is used in fuel-cell vehicles.
  • Natural Gas: This fuel is abundantly available and provides the user significant cost advantages over diesel and gasoline.
  • Propane Propane is a readily available gaseous fuel that has been widely used in vehicles throughout the world for decades.
  • Emerging Fuels: The Energy Policy Act brings us several emerging alternative fuels that are still in development. 

How often should I get a gas service for my car? 

Just like your car needs routine inspection for the brakes, lights, and overall functioning, you should have gas service for your car annually or 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. If you drive a larger vehicle, like a work truck, every 6 months or 6,000 miles is recommended, whichever comes first. 

What does a gas service consist of for a car? 

A detailed gas service isn’t needed as often as having the oil changed or the tires rotated, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t beneficial. Sediments build up in the gas tank just as they do in other areas of a car, and can cause damage to some crucial parts including: 

  • Gas tank
  • Fuel lines
  • Fuel pump
  • Fuel injection system

When these components become clogged or wear out, they aren’t as effective and can hinder the performance of your car,  meaning you’ll use more gasoline!  What are the other benefits of having a professional gas service? 

1. Better Performance

Professional gas service will help the engine run better, improving the power and performance. Your car will run smoother and have more pep. 

2. Increased Fuel Mileage

As we have stated, and this can’t be stressed enough, with professional gas service, your car will get better gas mileage. Making fewer trips to the gas pumps is worthwhile! 

3. Longer Lifespan

Along with oil changes, radiator, and transmission flushes, getting professional gas service for your car will extend the life of your car’s engine. 

How much does a professional gas service cost?

This can vary between mechanics and from car to car. The make, model, and year will have a determining consideration as well the condition of the car. 

 Can I do my own gas service?

If you’re a mechanically inclined person, yes. You’ll need basic tools to check the fuel filter, fuel lines, and fuel pump. If your car is fuel injection, there are different specifics for a gas service job. 

Before The Sput Sput Sput: What are the signs that my car needs a gas service? 

The biggest indication that your car needs professional gas service is a decrease in gas mileage. If you seem to get gas frequently to go around the corner and get gas again, your car probably isn’t running as well as it could. Give us a call at __PHONE__ if you need gas service in Festus, MO!