Petrol and diesel drivers warned of ‘risky’ misfueling that could damage cars

There are more than 12 million ‘redline runners’ across the UK who let their fuel tank run as low as possible before refueling. It is estimated that almost a third of drivers are more likely to do so due to the current cost of living crisis.

Gasoline and diesel prices still remain high as the RAC forecasts that they are both expected to decline in the coming days.

According to a study by Green Flag convenience stores, young drivers are most at risk of running out of fuel, with half (51%) of “red line riders” under the age of 35.

Experts have also warned drivers to be careful as lowering fuel gauges can be a “risky activity”.

Almost three in 10 drivers (28%), or some 11 million people, admit that their vehicle has already run out of fuel, which is more than half (55%) of 18-34 year olds.

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Young drivers were the hardest hit, with 84% having changed the way they drive.

Katie Lomas, manager of Green Flag Breakdown, commented on the new data saying, “Running out of fuel can be both costly and dangerous.

“However, our research shows that millions of people take the risk, which may be because drivers overestimate the distance their car can travel when its tank is almost empty.

“With drivers under more financial pressure than ever, not putting fuel in a car could be a false economy as constantly running out of a tank can cause mechanical problems, not to mention the inconvenience of a breakdown. .

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“Prevention is better than cure and we know that many breakdowns are preventable if proper precautions are taken before and during a trip, so keep the tank full of enough fuel to complete your trip safely.”

Due to the high cost of living and fuel prices, an estimated 14.3 million people have reduced their leisure driving time, with one in five UK motorists changing their driving habits and style to save fuel.

The average motorist now travels 23 miles less each month compared to January.

Over the same period, the average cost of filling a tank of fuel has increased by nearly £10, from £65.27 to £74.90. So cutting those 23 miles a month could collectively save motorists £8.5billion.

It also saves an average of nearly 9,500 grams of CO2 per month, a combined saving of 370,000 tonnes of CO2 for the whole of the UK.

If a driver is saving fuel and breaks down on the highway, Green Flag urges motorists to follow some simple tips.

They should pull left as soon as there is a hint of traffic, park on the hard shoulder and use it to slow to a stop, with the hazard lights on.

Motorists should aim for an emergency phone, which can be found at mile intervals and will connect them directly to police who will know their whereabouts instantly.

Green Flag also advises drivers not to attempt to fix the problem themselves, regardless of the problem.