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    How much further can I drive after my fuel warning light comes on?

    Many drivers will have seen their red fuel light flash on and carried on to their destination without stopping to fill-up at least once.
    But some seem to be pushing it a little too far – with some being responsible for a spate of traffic jams.
     
    Whether the motorists in question intended to cause such disruption is open to debate – but it is something that police take a dim view of.
    Drivers who run out of fuel on a motorway or dual carriageway and move their vehicle out of the way of the flow of traffic onto the hard shoulder do not face any action.
    But those who stop while on the road, blocking traffic, can be issued with a ticket for causing an obstruction.
    Also, running low on fuel can damage your motor as any debris at the bottom of your tank will get dragged through the engine.
    When we fill up varies from driver to driver.
    Some of us instantly refuel once the needle on the gauge goes below half-way.
    However, there are some motorists who wait until the warning light comes on before deciding that a visit to the nearest filling station is in order.
    But when this light does come on, exactly how much fuel have you got left – and, more importantly, is it enough to get you to the nearest petrol station?
    Of course, there are a number of variables in this scenario such as the type of car, the size of the fuel tank, the road you’re driving on and the speed you go.
    A common belief is that on average a car can go for roughly another 40 to 50 miles after the warning light goes on.
    But it isn’t that straightforward.
    The range on the fuel gauge is usually based on the average miles already driven – so what the gauge shows may not be accurate for your current driving conditions.
    Insurance company LV published a list of the 10 most popular cars at the time and revealed on average how much further you would be able to go in each one after the warning light comes.
    It said that in a Vauxhall Astra you would only be able to go another 26 miles before running out of juice and just 29 miles in a Vauxhall Corsa.
    In a Ford Fiesta, you would get another 37 miles and in a Ford Focus 40 miles.
    A VW Golf would go for another 42 miles and a VW Polo 39 miles.
    People driving an Audi A3 could travel for 42 extra miles, a Nissan Qashqai 43 miles and a MINI Cooper 45 miles.
    The best performer out of the 10 was the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, offering an extra 46 miles grace.
    How long you have left to drive after fuel warning light comes on in most popular cars
    1 Ford Fiesta 37 miles
    2 Vauxhall Corsa 29 miles
    3 Ford Focus 40 miles
    4 Volkswagen Golf 42 miles
    5 Nissan Qashqai Not currently available
    6 Vauxhall Astra 26 miles
    7 Volkswagen Polo 39 miles
    8 Audi A3 42 miles
    9 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 46 miles
    10 MINI Cooper 45 miles