We are pretty sure the majority of drivers have had the petrol light come on at one point or another. Whether it is because you don’t have time to fill up, you thought you had more fuel than you did or you just don’t have the funds to keep topping up. However, not keeping your car topped up with fuel could end up costing you more than you think.
You could be charged with driving without due care and attention if you break down on the motorway where there is no hard shoulder. The removal of the hard shoulder on some motorways is a result of upgrading to ‘smart motorways’.
You can be charged with this offence if you deliberately ignore warnings from your vehicle in relation to running low on fuel.
The recommended distance between service stations on the motorway has changed from 30 to 28 miles. It is best to listen to your car and fill it up at the services if you need to. Simply ignoring it and refusing to fill up could cost you – and potentially your licence.
The absolute minimum sentence for driving without due care and attention is a band A fine (50% of your relevant weekly income) and 3-4 penalty points. This can range up to a band C fine (150% relevant weekly income) and a disqualification or 7-9 penalty points. If you already had penalty points on your licence for another matter and you received further penalty points, you would be at risk of losing your licence. Can you really put a price on that?
When deciding whether to listen to your car and give it the fuel it needs to function, remember; what is more expensive to you… the cost of your petrol or the cost of a fine and potentially your licence?