It happens to all of us — you’re driving along in your car, probably heading to some big, important appointment and worried about making it on time when you hear that telltale ding. The gas light.
And of course you can’t stop, so you push through to your destination, but then you’ve got to worry about finding a gas station on the way back home before your car completely dies on you. (Man, wouldn’t life be so much easier if we all drove on e-highways?) Sure, most cars include the distance to empty on their fancy instrument panel, but it’s not always accurate — especially if you’re driving in stop-and-go traffic.
Luckily, there’s a new chart out from YourMechanic that has your back. The chart lists the distance-to-empty range for the top fifty selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2015, as well as the amount of fuel the tank has before the light actually goes on.
The post from YourMechanic also includes other helpful information for the vehicle-uninformed. Like, for example, the fact that it isn’t actually good to be driving around on empty. Running out of gas can damage your car’s catalytic converter, while driving on fumes can damage the fuel pump. Who knew? (Mechanics, probably.)
The chart itself might not be perfect, but it at least gives an idea of how far you can push your car if you’re truly in one of those emergency, can’t-get-gas-now situations. One thing is for certain: it’s probably better to rely on the chart’s estimates than to test your car’s actual limits and end up stranded on the side of the road. Because then you really won’t get where you’re going.
No matter how much “greener” we get, driving around in an environmentally-friendly clown car just isn’t the path to getting laid.
J.D. Power just released the results of an annual study where people rated car brands by their appeal. In other words, how COOL they are. And the Smart Car came in dead last.
The winner for the coolest car is the Porsche, for the 12th year in a row. It’s also the most expensive brand in the study, since they didn’t include things like Lamborghinis or Bentleys.
The 10 coolest brands are: Porsche . . . BMW . . . Jaguar . . . Mercedes . . . Land Rover . . . Lexus . . . Lincoln . . . Audi . . . Volvo . . . and Cadillac.
And the 10 most uncool brands are: Smart . . . Fiat . . . Jeep . . . Mitsubishi . . . Chrysler . . . Scion . . . Mazda . . . Nissan . . . Dodge . . . and Subaru.
Something about being behind the wheel sure makes us HATE everybody, right? Other drivers, pedestrians, people on bicycles . . . and even the family members we’re supposed to LOVE who are sitting in the car with us.
A new survey found the 10 most annoying things that passengers do when you’re driving. Check ’em out . . .
- Messing with the volume on the car stereo. (Don’t touch that dial!)
- Warning you about potentially dangerous things in the road.
- Letting out some nervous gasps.
- Commenting on how fast or slow you’re going.
- Messing with the air or heat.
- Criticizing your parking job.
- Telling you to change lanes.
- Pretending to step on the brake.
- Opening or closing the windows.
- Criticizing your route.
Here are five things that you probably KNOW can kill your gas mileage. But a lot of us can’t seem to stop doing them anyway . . .
1. Speeding. As far as gas mileage goes, the best speed for most cars is 50. And every 5 miles per hour over that costs you an extra 15 to 20 cents a gallon. But obviously you’re not gonna keep it under 50 everywhere you go.
2. Driving aggressively. Gunning it and hitting the brakes all the time wastes more fuel, because it takes more gas to get your car moving than it does to KEEP it moving. And it can lower your fuel efficiency by up to 33% on the highway.
3. Flooring it when the light turns green. It’s a lot better for your gas mileage if you speed up gradually. Plus, you just end up having to slow down and wait for people at the next light anyway, so it’s kind of pointless.
4. Tailgating. In NASCAR it’s called “drafting,” and drivers do it to save fuel. But everyone’s going different speeds on the highway. So you end up hitting the brakes a lot, which kills your gas mileage. And you’re also more likely to crash.
5. Driving with a ton of stuff in your car. Every extra 100 pounds decreases your gas mileage by about 1%. Which isn’t much, but it can add up. And a lot of people basically use their trunk like it’s a storage unit.
(Thrillist / FuelEconomy.gov)
Do NOT believe everything your GPS Tells you
I know this is hard to believe, but sometimes your GPS doesn’t know best.
A 23-year-old woman was driving in Ontario, Canada on Thursday night, and since it was dark and foggy, she couldn’t see well. So she followed her GPS’s directions . . . straight into a BAY.
Fortunately she got her window down before the car lost power, and she managed to swim to shore . . . but the car was a total loss.