Ask The Expert
Q: How much gas is actually left in your tank when the low-fuel light goes on?
A: “It varies,” says Robert Sinclair Jr., manager of media relations for AAA New York. “It might be as little as a gallon, or slightly less, or as much as two-and-a-half gallons. In any case, I would strongly recommend against driving with the low-fuel warning light on. There is sediment in all petroleum distillate products, which accumulates in the bottom of the tank. Driving around with low fuel promotes picking up the sediment and possibly clogging fuel injectors and degrading performance and fuel economy.”