Here’s How Cold Connecticut and New York Winters Have to Get for Low Gas Levels in Your Car to Freeze
I've been hearing this since I started driving and I'm sure you've heard the same thing. People warning you that If your gasoline level is low enough to have your gas light come on and it's going to be brutally cold in the teens, single digits, and especially below zero then you better fill up your tank so your gas doesn't freeze.
And we know truly bone-chilling, dangerously low winter temperatures here in Connecticut and New York to the point that we're told to stay inside.
Have you ever questioned this logic or do you just make sure your tank is above that quarter mark or at half a tank to be safe? I've lived the myth since I've forgotten to fill up on a severely chilly night with only enough gas to make it to the station a mile away.
However, I figured there has to be something to this long-standing lesson so after some research I discovered that yes, gasoline can freeze according to the News Wheel website starting at -100ºF so we're all good on that fear.
However, I found out that freezing in other ways is very real and true with low gasoline levels and brutally bad for your car in cold weather, especially below freezing.
According to New Wheel, cold weather can cause your low levels of gasoline molecules to break down and separate in your fuel tank forming water vapor. Any water-based moisture or condensation according to Mental Floss, that's usually absorbed by the alcohol in gasoline can freeze in your fuel line and cause blockages.
The more gas you have in your car, the more alcohol to absorb the water so keeping your gasoline levels at a minimum of half a tank saves you future trouble and prolongs the life of your gas pump, too according to Mental Floss.
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