Running on Empty: Fuel Calls Up 14 Percent, says AAA

Phoenix, Ariz. March 27, 2012. With the price of fuel at a multi-year year high, Arizona drivers are running on empty, and in many cases, running out of gas altogether. According to AAA Arizona, fuel delivery calls are up 13.8 percent compared to last year.

As a Roadside Assistance benefit, AAA delivers an emergency fuel supply to members should they run out. The following table reveals the number of fuel delivery calls the club responded to in January and February 2011 compared to 2012:

Fuel Delivery Calls 2011 2012 Difference
January 674 734 +9%
February 592 707 +19%
Total 1,266 1,441 +14%

“Letting your vehicle regularly run on an almost-empty tank can cause even more wallet damage with expensive repairs to the fuel pump, filter or injectors,” said John Walter, director of automotive repair for AAA Arizona.
To keep motorists on the road instead of stranded alongside it, AAA urges drivers to follow these fuel tips:

  • Monitor your fuel gauge. Avoid letting your fuel levels drop below a quarter of a tank to keep your fuel pump working efficiently.

  • Be alert when your vehicle’s fuel economy drops. This could be a sign of a necessary auto repair that you should address quickly.

  • Drive as fuel efficiently as possible by adopting a gentler driving style. Avoid accelerating quickly or braking suddenly.

  • If you do run out of gasoline, pull off the street or highway as far to the right as possible and call your roadside assistance provider for help.

  • Use fuel finding tools. AAA’s TripTik smartphone app provides motorists with the most current and accurate gas price data available. In addition, drivers can subscribe to receive weekly text alerts from AAA on the lowest priced gas in their area by texting GAS and their five-digit zip code to 222411.

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AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and auto travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.