When you run into a spot of bother on the road, it can be tempting to try sort the problem by yourself.
Even if you are handy with a spanner, there are some things you shouldn’t attempt on your own. And even the things that you might be able to do perfectly well at home, on your own driveway, are another matter entirely when under pressure, at the roadside as traffic zooms past you.
There are many situations that we do not advise you try and fix for yourself and should allow the professionals to help you out with.
And it surprises people to learn that one of those reasons is the most innocuous of them all.
That is running out of gas. This is the one situation that most motorists are tempted to try and rectify for themselves at the roadside.
We’ve all done it, once. Running out of gas at the roadside can happen to anyone and if it hasn’t happened to you yet, then there’s a good chance that one day it will!
And yes, you will be embarrassed when it does! So why, you may be thinking, compound your shame at running out of gas at the roadside by calling a recovery service to pick some gas up for you?
Surely it would be less embarrassing all round to simply get out of your car and go to get it for yourself?
Well you might ask, but there are actually some solid reasons for not going to fetch your own gas from the roadside.
Here’s why, according to our team of experts!
- It may not be safe out there.
Without wanting to spread alarm, getting out of your car to walk to the nearest gas station might not actually be all that safe.
The risk could be compounded by the time of day, the weather and whether you are alone.
Wandering around in the dark should absolutely not be attempted unless there is no other option.
Stay safe and call a recovery organization to deliver your gas straight to you.
- Calling a professional is quicker than walking.
Except in a very few circumstances – i.e. if you run out of gas right by a gas station, it is probably going to be much faster if you allow a recovery organization to come to your aid, than it is walking.
It could be miles away and might take you longer than anticipated to walk there – and back!
- You won’t have to leave your car unattended.
Not having to leave your vehicle parked up for the length of time it takes to walk to the nearest gas station and back is another good reason to make the call to a tow company.
If you are leaving your car on its own, you run the risk of theft and damage. If you have to leave a passenger in there, for any reason, then consider the risks to them, of being parked up on the shoulder by the roadside.
- A professional can bring more than just gas to your car.
Although you may think you have only run out of gas, it is possible that there is more to your problems than meets the eye.
If your empty fuel tank has taken you by surprise, it might be for a reason and that reason could be more complex than your own incompetence!
And who wants to walk all that way to the nearest gas station, only to discover that their car still won’t start?
By calling a towing professional, they can give do more than just deliver the fuel. They can also give your car the once over and make sure it is roadworthy, so you can be on your way in as short as time as possible!