Running low or out of fuel in the middle of a traffic jam can not only be highly embarrassing, it can also be extremely dangerous. Depending on the situation, a vehicle may have to be pulled over/ left in a position where it represents a danger to other road users and may ultimately cause a traffic accident. Preventing this by filling up before going on long journeys and/or topping up when the fuel gets to half a tank or just below is therefore, recommended.
If it has not been possible to fill up for some reason and fuel does run low, drivers can try to save a little fuel by switching off the engine during prolonged periods of standing still. Waiting for the car in front to be at least a car’s length ahead when things start to move again is more advisable than switching the engine on and off for every inch of movement, as this will consume excessive fuel and may result in running out quicker. To prevent risking road accidents through motorists having to pass a stationary vehicle in dangerous positions, drivers should attempt to get off the congested stretch of road and find a garage as soon as possible.
Should getting out of the jam and finding somewhere to refuel not be possible, drivers running low on fuel should find a lay-by or similar comparatively safe place (wide verge, break-down lane) to stop, secure the car and go/call for help. It may be necessary to prevent vehicle collisions by pulling off the main, congested road and parking up the vehicle safely in a side road.
Unfortunately, not all drivers have the sense to do this. As a result, other road users have to pass broken down vehicles in often impossible locations. This can easily result in motoring accidents causing potentially serious personal injuries. Those injured in such accidents through no fault of their own may have the right to claim compensation.
Making a claim
Drivers and passengers, pedestrians and cyclists injured by traffic related accidents can contact Accident Advice Helpline for advice and assistance in claiming for compensation. This law firm specialises in personal injury compensation and the legal team’s services are offered on a no win no fee* basis. The company’s free phone advice line is available 24/7 and calls are confidential.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice