Opinion

Testing fuel limits no joke when drivers get stranded

REMEMBER the Seinfeld episode where Kramer takes a dealership car for a test-drive to see how far he can go without filling up the tank?

While the storyline had fans of the well-loved comedy in stitches, the number of drivers on Queensland roads testing their fuel limits has become no laughing matter for the RACQ.

This week motorists were warned against waiting too long to fill up the tank after the RACQ was called out to rescue more than 200 people who had run out of fuel.

The state's peak motoring body says drivers who delay filling up because they are holding out for cheaper prices are risking a break-down, which ironically forces them to pay whatever the nearest service station is charging.

If it's a case of forgetfulness or laziness, the safety risks and expense involved in towing or repairs should be enough of an incentive to avoid driving around with a flashing fuel light.

Sometimes it's a case of people thinking empty doesn't really mean empty and believing there's a rather long grace period until they actually need to refuel.

It might be overly cautious to not let the fuel tank go below a quarter of a tank, but I don't think I'd see the funny side of getting stranded.

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Testing fuel limits no joke when drivers get stranded

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