WHAT DOES 'E' ON MY FUEL GAUGE MEAN?
Any car or motorbike owner knows how to take their vehicles on the road. However, while accelerating, braking, or switching clutches are like second nature, there aren’t that many drivers who also know how to read the different symbols on the instrument panel.
As the result, many symbols are misinterpreted. But one symbol may be the most misunderstood of all: the ‘E’ letter on the fuel gauge panel.
‘E’ is located opposite the letter ‘F’. Both letters indicate fuel level and the panel can be manual or digital.
But what do they mean?
‘F’ is widely known to stand for ‘Full’, indicating a tank full of fuel. When the needle points to ‘F’ or hovers close to it, you can drive safely and confidently knowing your vehicle gets you covered.
As your travels continue, notice that the needle will move towards ‘E’. Contrary to what we may think, ‘E’ does not mean ‘Empty’. Instead, it reads ‘Emergency’, a gentle nudge that reminds the driver to stop for petrol as soon as you see one.
At that point, your tank is not entirely empty. ‘E’ also means you have about 10 per cent of your fuel left. To avoid breaking down in the middle of your drive, especially a long one, always ensures you fill up your vehicle ahead of the journey. Waiting for help or having to push your vehicle is certainly not a fun option.