5 Essential things to do if your car run out of petrol


My buddy’s car went out of petrol when he was driving on a small road in Upper Thomson, and he called me for help. So I drove to where he was and fetched him to the nearest petrol station.

Before he jumped into my car, he switched on his hazard light and opened the bonnet. I was curious, and he explained to me that it is an offence to run out of petrol as he has a distant relative who got a summon for running out of petrol at ECP.

We reached the petrol station and wanted to buy 1 or 2 litres of petrol. However, the station staff recorded down his NRIC (for security reasons), and he had to purchase a designated container as it is prohibited to transport fuel by non-approved means.

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So we quickly drove back to his car, and we discovered we had another problem. We do not have a funnel! I was half cursing while my friend sudden thought of an idea – he took out a mineral bottle from his car boot, emptied the water and cut the bottle diagonally. WALA, we had a funnel. I quickly took out a tissue to dry the improvised funnel and fill up the car.

It was a super drama experience filling up petrol under the hot sun, and I hope it will never happen to you. However, if you or your friends ever encounter this problem, I hope this article will serve you well.

In summary, these are the things to do when your car run out of petrol

  1. Please park your car at the roadside and ensure that it is not obstructing the traffic
  2. Switch on the hazard light and lock your vehicle
  3. Open the bonnet
  4. Go to the nearest petrol station to purchase an approved container to bring petrol to your vehicle
  5. Get a mineral water bottle, cut it and use it as a funeral.
We strongly recommend drivers to top up their petrol once the low petrol warning light is on or whenever your tank is about a quarter filled.

Renewing your car insurance and search for quotations before the renewal date is similar to topping up petrol. Please do not do it last minute. Remember to renew your road tax too! We recommend you to search for renewal car insurance quotation about 1 month before the renewal date.