Don't wait till you're empty to fuel up
RACQ has warned Central Queensland motorists against testing their fuel limits, after the club received more than 200 calls to assist Queenslanders who had run out of petrol in the past week.
RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said 210 motorists needed rescuing from the roadside after waiting too long to fill up the tank.
"Waiting until your fuel light flashes before starting to look for fuel not only risks breaking down, it also forces you to pay whatever the nearest service station is charging," Ms Smith said.
"Substantial damage can be caused to some vehicles by running dry, and costs such as towing may also be incurred.
"Motorists also place themselves in unnecessary danger, as you can't predict where you are going to break down.
"Of course we understand mistakes happen, and RACQ roadside assistance is available 24/7."
Ms Smith said if motorists were delaying fuel purchases due to high prices, there were tools available to assist.
"RACQ's Fair Fuel Price service is available online, which allows motorists to find out the fair price to look out for in their area," she said.
"We encourage motorists to shop around, only purchase the grade of fuel they need and support those retailers keeping prices low."
RACQ's Fair Fuel Price service can be found at www.racq.com.au.