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While no one enjoys running out of gas, a good number of us does enjoy trying to get every last foot out of a tank of gas before topping off again. The challenge to not pull into a gas station until you absolutely must leads many to drive while the empty light is on.

However, this is a game that a driver does not always win. Sometimes, it is the car and its empty tank that gets the last laugh leaving a driver stranded roadside.

To play this game, you have got to know how many miles you have still got once your empty light switches on. The folks just around the corner at the Tank on Empty website are collectors of such knowledge and have a searchable database on their site. According to the site, the Ford Excursion can roll an additional 85 miles on an empty light, while the Pontiac Aztek boasts 62 more miles, and the Honda Accord gets 47.

How about your ride? How many free miles will your car give you on an empty light? How often do you push your luck? Have you ever taken an empty tank too far? I have run out gas twice, both times being just as I was pulling into a gas station. Which means that I am either a stellar judge of gas tank’s state of emptiness or an empty-tank driver lacking in real courage.

 

About the author: Andrew Greene

 

Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.

 

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