We all know that at some point or another, driving on a motorway can be really frustrating. There are always a plethora of cars creeping past you, cutting you off, or trying to merge into your lane without warning. Sometimes it can even feel like you’re in slow motion as you crawl along in the slipstream of a speeding juggernaut.
What happens when you run out of gas on the motorway? You stop, you go get some more, and you get back on the road again. Perhaps not surprisingly, some motorists have gotten a bit more creative than this in attempting to tackle their fuel issues on the road. One group of motorcyclists have taken to hitting up gas stations at the side of the road and making a series of quick purchases there to get back on the road.
If you’re looking for a way to buy some gas while on the road, it is possible, but you might not want to do it at every gas station you come across. There are a number of safety issues that arise from this sort of behavior (for example, the risk of getting caught in the crossfire if you’re speeding, or hitting another vehicle if you’re passing too quickly) that you need to consider. In this article, we will explore some of the pitfalls of this unorthodox approach to fuelling up a car, and how you can stay safe, while still being able to indulge your strange obsession with fuel shopping on the open road.
How Do Side Streets Help?
Driving on a side street is a whole different ballgame to driving on a motorway. Cars aren’t whizzing past you at terrifying speeds, and there aren’t other vehicles constantly trying to cut you off or drive into you. When you run out of gas on a side street, there’s usually only one or two other cars around, and you can usually go somewhere quiet to get some air and call for help. This is why it’s preferable to buy fuel on a side street than to try and find a gas station on a motorway, especially if you’re in a hurry – you don’t want to risk being caught in the middle of a fuel duel at high speed, or get stuck behind a slow driver who won’t let you pass.
The Risks Of Fuel Shopping At Gas Stations
Just because a gas station is located at the side of the road doesn’t mean that it is a safe place to stop to fuel up. In fact, the opposite is usually true. With all of the fast food joints, kebab houses, and other eateries located along the motorway, there is often a lot of traffic at these locations, and it’s not necessarily safe for you to be there either. Think about it, if you run out of gas on the side of the road, who do you go to for help? Most likely the people living or working nearby, and definitely not the gas station owners. So, in essence, you’re putting yourself in danger by stopping at a gas station located on the roadside. This is why it’s preferable to refuel on a side street than at a gas station located on a motorway.
The Risks Of Gas Station Surfing
Some gas station owners have made the mistake of trying to cash in on the growing trend of motorists stopping by to fuel up. They’ve started opening up their storefronts to be able to offer additional services to those purchasing gas, such as snacks and drinks. While it’s completely safe to buy gas and refreshments at a gas station, it’s not necessarily safe to stop by for something to eat. You’re placing yourself in a potentially dangerous situation by getting out of the car to go inside a gas station to grab a bite to eat. If you absolutely have to eat, there are plenty of fast food places located along the motorway, but it’s usually safer to drive past them and find a picnic area or restaurant somewhere more remote.
The Pitfalls Of Fuel Shopping
Even though it’s not always easy, it’s preferable to refuel at an all-night garage rather than a regular gas station, especially if you’re in an area with high crime rates. This is because crime tends to be more rampant at night, and isolated garages located off-road are usually bolted down and locked up, meaning that it’s usually less likely that they’ll be broken into and stolen. Of course, this also means that it’s less likely that you’ll get assistance if you do run out of gas on the side of the road.
Aside from the safety issues presented by gas stations, you need to also think about the financial implications of buying gas on the road. It is not financially feasible for most people to stop at every gas station they come across to buy gas, especially if they’re driving on unfamiliar roads away from home. People whose cars regularly break down often find themselves spending a large sum of money on spare parts and labor in order to get on the road again. If you plan on buying gas on the road, it’s usually best to travel in a caravan with companions who know the way, so that you can ensure that everyone gets their fill without having to stop at every single gas station along the way. This helps eliminate the financial strain that comes with frequent fuel shopping, as well as the safety issues that arise from doing it on unfamiliar roads away from home. It’s better to travel in a group than to go it alone, especially if you’re in a country that isn’t familiar to you.
This article isn’t meant to discourage you from refueling at gas stations. It is rather meant to put things in perspective, and let you know the risks that come with doing so. If you need to refuel your car, there are far safer and better options than hitting up a gas station at the side of the road. You can contact a 24-hour garage in advance to make sure that they will be able to help you if you run out of gas on the road, or if you just want to buy some snacks and refreshments while you’re driving. In either case, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and in this case, it’s definitely preferable to be safe than to refuel at a gas station.