Newnan: What Do You Do When You Run Out of Gas On the Road?

I guess the TWO fuel indicators were hard to see?

First, I never really understood how people can actually run out of gas while driving. I can understand having a broken fuel gauge or something, but apart from that, I’m still perplexed how it happens. Regardless of my understanding, it happens and since I’m here to offer solutions, I’ll skip trying to figure out the answer to the title question and give you some obvious solutions.

Let’s see, one easy solution to this problem is to have a friend of family member bring you some in a can specifically designed for gas…this is a no-brainer, right? You’d be surprised what people try to put gas into.  No, a milk jug will not work, in fact it is ILLEGAL to transport fuel in anything other than a receptacle designed for it.

Another way is actually getting gas from another car. If you’re stuck on the side of the road, and you can get a buddy or a family member with a full tank to meet you, you can transfer gas from their car into yours in a matter of minutes.

How do you do that?

The only thing you’ll need is an automotive fluid pump. This can be purchased from a local auto parts store. It’s a good idea to go ahead and buy one now and keep it in your trunk just in case. It will be worth its weight in gold should you need it (let’s hope you don’t).

Once your buddy/brother/sister/mom/dad/Santa Claus shows up, have them pull along side you so your cars are lined up where the gas tank inputs are facing one another. Make sure both cars are turned off (this shouldn’t be a problem with yours, obviously) and remove the fuel caps on both cars. Follow the directions that came with your fluid pump and you’ll be back in business in no time.

DO NOT,  UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, SIPHON GAS WITH YOUR MOUTH!

Watch the video below and see the very dangerous fumes you’d be ingesting.

See, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…You should be up and running now. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to swing by Southtowne, or post your comments here.

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