So you guys really love my what to do when you run out of formula, what to do when you run out of diapers, and what to do when you run out of food posts I decided to expand this series to see who else we can help. A visit to Google to see what the most popular searches were allowed me to load up on ideas to bring to you over the next few months.
Today we are going to talk about what to do when you run out of gas. This happens for many reasons form a messed up gas gauge to well just bad timing on a week when your paycheck just doesn’t go as far as you need it to.
Either way, it is no fun finding yourself stranded on the side of the street without gas or even in your own driveway until payday. Here is what do you do when you run out of gas.
What do you do when you run out of gas on the side of the road
Check your auto insurance plan.
If you have roadside assistance you can usually get up to 5 gallons of gas delivered when you find yourself stranded on the side of the road.
We love to keep roadside assistance on our vehicles at usually under $10 a month to help us when things happen, like we run out of gas, blow a tire, or just have back luck and break down on the side of the road. Back when we would do road trips often this was a vital part of having a successful trip and saving my sanity.
Look for a nearby gas station
If you are lucky you will run out of gas near a local gas station where you can push your car in or run and grab a gas can to fill your tank. Often people realize they are getting low on gas and head towards the gas station before running out.
Call a friend
Most of us have a friend or two that would run to our rescue if we ran out of gas on the road. While you really should not be traveling with a full gas can in your car particularly in summer keeping an empty gas can in your trunk with other car staples like jumper cables. This will allow you to have what you need to get gas to your car.
How to not run out of gas on the road again
Pay attention to your gas gauge and get to know it’s querks. Most gas gadgets on older cars are off and the best thing you can do to keep your car filled with gas is to watch it.
Fill up often. Not only can you avoid running out of gas but you can get better gas mileage by keeping your gas tank relatively full. filling up often will help keep your car gassed up and ready to go.
When on road trips that take you on long str5eaches of road between cities make a point to fill up BEFORE you leave the city to avoid finding yourself stranded when you run out of gas far from the next gas station.
What to do when you run out of gas at home
As much as people hate to admit it running out of gas between paydays has happened to most of us at one point or another. It is okay and nothing to be ashamed of. In this situation, your goal is to find the money for gas or another form of transportation so you can make it to work and not make the situation worse.
Check around your home for any extra cash you may have stashed away.
Sell something that you no longer need. This is a great way to get rid of clutter and help get you to payday.
How to prevent running out of gas
One trick we use to keep up with the cost of gas and not have to worry about running out is to plan a gas budget and out that into gas cards that we can use to buy gas. Gas cards are great for stocking up on when you get extra money at one point or another.
Even if you don’t have money to spare you can build up a stock of gas cards using online reward programs. A great way to do this is sign up for a Swagbucks account to earn free gift cards to stores that have connected gas stations like Walmart. U
When doing your everyday shopping use Ibotta to get rebates on everyday items from milk to your favorite brands. These can be redeemed for digital gift cards to Walmart or paid out to PayPal within minutes to give you a backup gas budget.
Insta gift card is one more easy one you can earn points just doing clicks to pages on your phone while you’re watching tv or waiting in line to earn gift cards you can stash for an emergency.