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Everyone is feeling the pinch nowadays and the cost of everyday living seems to be rising more and more each week. As the price of fuel particularly keeps on increasing it seems that many motorists are risking a breakdown by running their cars on fumes.
A report from a leading motoring organisation has revealed that around 13% of drivers are letting the fuel gauge drop to almost empty and have driven feeling nervous about how much fuel is left in the tank.
Predictably it is younger drivers who are having the most problems eking out the money and driving with the petrol warning light flashing. Of the age group 18-24 years old who answered the poll up to 25% said that had been running on empty for weeks.
Unfortunately, it can be very bad for your car to be driven with such low fuel levels. If you run out completely, as with any breakdown, sitting at the side of the road waiting for help is hazardous.
However, many motorists do not realise that they could be damaging their vehicles as small particles that normally would be left at the bottom of the fuel tank may come up through the system and clog filters or even stop the car working so it is important to always top up before the fuel warning light comes on.