Running on empty

It’s a question most of us never want to find out the hard way, but if you’ve ever seen your fuel gauge show empty and wondered why your car’s still running, you’ll know that it’s usually possible to “run on fumes” for a while.

How far you can actually manage depends on your driving style, average speed, road surface, temperature, the make and model of your car and engine size, but research carried out in 2016 by Your Mechanic revealed data about a number of cars and how they performed when the needle hit zero.

The results showed that the top three performers were as follows:

Volkswagen Golf – 67 kilometres
Ford Fiesta – 61 kilometres
Opel Corsa – 51 kilometres

And the good news is that, on Lanzarote, you’ll never find yourself that far away from a petrol station.

For more Motor news see our June magazine