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You know that, in addition to finding yourself in an accident, you can be fined for running out of petrol

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Run out of gasoline (or diesel) is a situation that happens more often than we think. A simple oversight or poor planning can lead us to deplete our autonomy and thus stay literally lying around on the site you least expect it. We speak therefore of a serious problem, because it run out of gasoline may cause a dangerous situation if it occurs in the least opportune. For this reason, you should know the faults and fines that you face running out of gasoline.

Running out of gasoline as such carries no penalty, however their consequences yes

The first point that we must keep in mind is that the law does not sanction the fuel as such. That is to say, running out of gasoline is not subject to penalty, however their consequences can be. Run out of petrol in the middle of a road, force us to search urgently for a place where to park the vehicle, and it is just this situation which itself is subject to fines of 200 euros for parking in place abuse and other 200 euros if the maneuver poses a risk to the rest of the drivers.

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We must keep in mind that the problem of running out of fuel, either gasoline, diesel or gas, produces to lose the control on our car because this situation forces us to an immediate stop, where is and as is. In addition, the lack of fuel causes the shutdown of the propeller, so that the maneuver to search for parking becomes high-risk when you disconnect auxiliary elements such as the assistance to the steering or the brake booster. If we are lucky and we ran out of fuel in a place where we can stop without disturbing other vehicles, there will be more of a problem, but the general rule is that these situations occur on secondary roads and roads.

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Care with refuelling with petrol or diesel in any container, the fine can be up to 3,000 euros if we do not use a container approved

We must also contemplate a problem not less important, and that is to move our car once it has run out of petrol can lead to a high cost. On the one hand, if we use the roadside assistance on our insurance we can find that the fuel is not covered, which leads us to scenario two, where we’ll have to go to the nearest gas station to purchase fuel in a container approved for this purpose. For the transport of gasoline and diesel fuel we are forced to use containers approvedto use any other type of container can mean a fine of up to € 3,000.

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Breakdowns by running out of fuel

But what if the car doesn’t start after refueling, a few litres of fuel? In this case, your next destination will be the workshop. The most modern cars, especially vehicles with diesel engines, used power systems, where the lack of fuel poses a serious problem. We do not speak of a fault as such because we had not broken anything, however the emptying of the supply circuit causes the entry of air and the pressure drop in the same. In this situation the injection system is not capable of restoring the minimum pressure to get the boot of the vehicle, which will cause numerous failed attempts to boot and a more than likely depletion of the starter battery.

Not good to try to boot too many times an engine that has run out of fuel, deplete the battery and over heated the starter motor

In the case of petrol engines, there are usually no problems and after forcing the boot on several attempts the engine wakes up. As with the majority of diesel engines of old, thrusters which to base attempts to get it to preload the power supply circuit. Our recommendation is that you should not force the boot of the vehicle, because if it does not boot we can overheat the starter and drain the battery, so that the visit to the workshop will add new reasons and this will increase the final amount of the invoice.


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