Why it’s Wise to Keep a Full Gas Tank

There is a common misconception that operating your vehicle with a fuel tank nearly empty is a more economical way to run it. The logic is that less fuel means less weight, which means more fuel efficiency. This is true but it is not as significant of a gain as people tend to think and it also puts you at risk of ending up out of fuel and stranded on a roadside somewhere.

Another huge risk factor is the water vapors that end up in the empty space inside of the fuel tank. These vapors group together in the walls of the fuel tank, causing serious rust if it is made from metal. Water is heavier than fuel and freezes much sooner than fuel will. When the water settles to the bottom of the fuel tank, it can get sucked into the fuel pump and distributed into the fuel lines, not only diluting the fuel but also potentially freezing in the winter where it will destroy the entire fuel system. Make sure your vehicle gets quality service. Bring it in to Honda of Santa Monica today.

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For 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, 124 city/105 highway/115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 570 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.

For EV models, 132/105/118 city/highway/combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) rating; 82 mile combined (city/highway) driving range rating (adjusted). Ratings determined by EPA. Your MPGe and range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-electric-label.shtml.

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