Every year when the snow begins to fall, the wise words of your parents echo in your mind as you start your car, shivering in your coat: “Remember to keep your gas tank at least half full in the winter!” But after a long day at work, you see the needle on your gas gauge dip below half, and you absolutely dread getting out in the blistering winds to fuel up. If you’ve ever wondered if you really need to keep your gas tank full, we’re here to tell you that yes, you really should keep your tank topped off, especially in the winter. Here are 4 scenarios you could face if you don’t:
Condensation Can Form in the Tank…
Quick science refresher: condensation happens when cold water vapor comes into contact with a warm surface. You know what condensation is – it’s that fog that appears on your car windows when you begin driving on a frosty morning or the water droplets that form on your glass. These same droplets can form on the inside walls of your gas tank, eventually sliding down and sinking to the bottom where they can cause damage. If this occurs, you may experience engine corrosion, tank corrosion (especially if it isn’t made from plastic), and other costly issues.
…Which Can Cause Fuel Lines to Freeze
When it’s cold enough, condensation can also cause fuel lines to freeze, preventing gasoline from reaching your engine. This leaves you with a vehicle that stalls or refuses to start, which can be especially problematic in the colder months. Fortunately, vehicles now have sealed fuel injection systems, which can help prevent this from happening, but it’s always best to be on the safe side and keep your tank at least half full.
It Can Create Other Costly Issues
If watching out for your fuel line and gas tank weren’t enough, your fuel pump could also become affected if you don’t keep the tank topped off. When you run low on gas, your fuel pump can begin sucking in air. This can cause the pump to heat up to a dangerous level or fail over time, resulting in expensive repairs. Additionally, dirt or rust can become trapped in your fuel filter, which can block the filter and leave you with another hefty mechanic bill.
You Could Compromise Your Safety if You Become Stranded
Mechanics aside, keeping your gas tank full in the winter is wise for your personal safety. If wintry weather ever snarls traffic and you’re caught in the middle of it, a full tank of gas can help you stay warm should you take longer to reach your destination. Of course, a fully-equipped car emergency kit will help you remain safe as well!
Regardless of the season, it’s always a smart idea to keep your gas tank as full as possible. Our professionally trained personnel can deliver gasoline and diesel fuel to your farm, construction site, or commercial building should you need it. Call us at 1-800-467-5044 to learn more!