I play this game more often than I’d like to admit. Once your car hits empty and that “fill tank” light becomes a screaming order instead of a helpful suggestion – just how far CAN you drive before giving in? (This site is American… so forgive the “miles”)
This article here from www.yourmechanic.com gets right into it all including what kind of damage you’re doing to your car… but here’s my hot take on it:
– You’re not going to ruin your car by driving it with the low fuel warning light on, but it’s a harmful practice to do regularly.
– The distance to empty gauge only offers a rough approximation. This approximation is based on the average mileage that you have attained while driving your vehicle, which means that it may not be very accurate relative to your current driving conditions.
– Exactly how far you can drive on empty depends on both your vehicle, and on your driving habits and conditions. However, you may be surprised to see how few miles you actually can drive once the low fuel warning light comes on.