So you’re headed out to the track. Congrats! You’ve been looking forward to this all year. You grab your bike and head out for a spin. To your delight, the auto-fill tank is pumping, and the gas gauge is showing generous amounts of fuel. You jump in and hit the highway. All of a sudden, the gauge begins to drop. You notice the tank is getting low. You look at your watch. Only one hour left on the tank. Do you continue on the route to the track, or would you get off at the next exit and find a gas station?
The above scenario is all too common. Many riders experience anxiety when hitting the road on a tank with low gas. What is wrong with this picture? What causes the tank to be getting low, and what should you do about it?
Why Is The Gauge Dropping?
Let’s examine why the fuel gauge drops in this situation. There are several reasons, but fear not, you are not in trouble. You are simply experiencing a minor inconvenience.
The first and most obvious reason for the tank to be getting low is because you are gradually getting closer to your destination. Somewhere along the line, the tank must have been filled up. Once you arrive at your destination, you will discover that your tank is indeed full. No worries!
While you are traveling, the tank gets progressively lighter as you use it. When you first start out, the tank is probably heavy, loaded down with all the gadgets and gear you are carrying. As you drive, the tank gets lighter. It’s as if it’s making room for all your extra belongings. After all, you’re going to have to carry them on your bike. Eventually, the tank will become light enough that you can feel it in the handlebars when you’re climbing a hill or accelerating. It’s like having a little weight on your arms. You will definitely feel it. But don’t worry, you’re not going to drop any gear. You will simply feel that the tank is getting low. It’s like trying to drink from a firetruck.
How To Combat This Issue
Now that you’re equipped with the knowledge of why your gauge drops, let’s examine what you can do about it. The solution is simple. You just have to stop using it. Once you get to your destination, you can fill it up again. Keep in mind though that this is going to empty your wallet a little bit. You’re going to have to purchase gas at the same price as you paid earlier in the day. If you had paid a little less earlier, you would have had enough fuel to make it to the track and back. This is where many gas scams come in. Do not be fooled. Look at the gas gauge, not the credit card statement. In some cases, the credit card statement will even show multiple gas charges from one stop. This is why it’s best to use an Ego wallet to store your credit cards. You can also invest in a fuel card that connects to your bank account. This way, you can use your credit card to pay for any gas you use without risk of over-payment. Better safe than sorry. Never feel guilty about asking for a discount. It’s not your fault that the station is out of order or that they want to rip you off. Remember, you are paying for the privilege of using their services, so it’s only fair that you bargain for a discount. Always ask for a better deal. You never know when you’re going to need gas in the future. Better to be safe than sorry. Most importantly, enjoy your trip as long as you can. While the tank is getting low, it’s still an excellent ride. You will not be disappointed. If you follow these simple rules, you will have no reason to worry about running out of gas on the way to the track. Have fun!