how to know if you have a gas station nearby

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Due to various circumstances, in Xataka we are on electric cars with some regularity. Being aware of available chargers and their situation is a constant when we move. But, although it may not seem like it, knowing where is a gas station without looking at the mobile phone can be of great help when we least expect it.


Many times we do not give importance to the presence or not of gas stations. As they are usually at hand, we have completely normalized to go on a trip regardless of how many kilometers we have left until the next refueling station. An attitude that, personally, has caused me a scare and a good problem. I admit that for my own mistakes.

I had the scare one day on the way to Extremadura I rushed more than the tank should have. With hardly any fuel, with cold and past 11 at night In the middle of the province of Toledo, finding an open gas station became an absolute priority. Luckily, the mobile phone gave us a hand.

The problem came to me in France. Going out with friends, very calm, a lot of “we’ll refuel tomorrow” and “tomorrow” was Sunday. Most of the stations closed and the car without fuel stopped at an exit. It was time to make ourselves understood in a language we did not know and ask for help.

How to know if you have a gas station at hand

I say this because I know my mistakes. But I also recognize that due to my oversights or, due to my excesses of confidence, it is not ruled out that I find myself in a similar situation again. And the same is likely to happen to other readers.

If, due to an emergency, you need to access the nearest gas station and you are not sure if it is next to the motorway or several kilometers further, you only have to look at the color of the warning signs.

  • Blue: the gas station is next to the motorway.
  • Green: the station is in the immediate vicinity.
  • White: we will have to enter a secondary road.

We can apply a similar trick with the marked distance in the output announcements. When they warn 500 or 1,000 meters before, we will find the gas station next to the highway. On the contrary, when the notice is 250 or 750 meters, we will have to get out of it.

Due to various circumstances, in Xataka we are on electric cars with some regularity. Being aware of available chargers and…

Due to various circumstances, in Xataka we are on electric cars with some regularity. Being aware of available chargers and…

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