If you run out of gas on the road, you can find one or more penalties if you put the rest of the road users at risk, but not because of the carelessness.
One of the things that cause drivers the most concern, especially the most novice, is having enough fuel to get to the destination without running out of fuel. It is important to have the deposit checked and know that we can reach the destination without problems. Knowing the service stations on the chosen route is important if you have to refuel during the journey and avoid scares such as running out of gas during the journey.
Although the NHTSA does not contemplate sanctions for this carelessness, to run out of gasoline on the road, we can find ourselves with a fine because of the emptying tank consequences on the road. When the car tank is empty, the engine starts to fail and also fails to assist steering and brakes. The car works by inertia and does not generate power to be able to approach the shoulder and stop at a place where other road users are not disturbed.
Sanctions for putting other drivers at risk
And that is where an act can incur that can consider punishable because parking in a place where road users can put at risk is sanctioned with 200 dollars, although no points lost for it. The only reason we would get rid of the penalty for this cause is to suffer a breakdown or an accident. Another situation that can lead to an economic sanction is to carry out dangerous maneuvers that cause situations of risk for the rest of the drivers. A car without fuel is difficult to control, and there can be a loss of control.
In this second case, the economic sanction is also 200 dollars, so it must take into account. Better to control the fuel level of the car and prevent all these risks than to suffer the economic sanctions that carry this unpleasant situation. But these are not the only sanctions we can suffer. Imagine that we have managed to control the car and stop it on the shoulder. We have also done it without putting the rest of the vehicles at risk, and we have correctly indicated with the triangles the situation of the car, and we have used the reflective vest.
There is even a service station nearby, and you can take fuel to the car, at least to be able to reach it safely and fill the tank. Carry a bottle with enough fuel to make those few kilometers and move the vehicle. If the container in which the fuel carried does not approve, it can carry a penalty between 2,000 and 3,000 euros. No water bottles or carafes of engine oil. The only fuel containers allowed are those approved for this purpose. They are cheap containers and are found in many places, so you better not take a risk.
The ideal is to always take into account the level of gasoline and what we need to reach the destination without fuel problems, because running out of gasoline or diesel is not a crime, but everything that causes this problem can lead to sanctions and even some nasty accident. And remember, a gasoline car can run smoothly again if the tank emptied, but a diesel car needs to bleed the circuit to work again.