I'm pretty sure the light just comes on when you have a gallon left, so however many miles your Taurus gets to the gallon will determine what you have left. I've never run out, but the gas light has been on a time or two and I've driven up to about 20 miles and have been fine.
No sense pushing it if you don't have to and such, but I think you can count on there being about a gallon of gas left.
i toatlly agree. i just watch a report onthe news about "how far can your car go after the gas light comes on?". The news man reported tha ford cars are equiped with this mechanisim for safty assurance. Ford is primarily the only one that does this but it never quite said how many gallons /miles you have left after the gas light comes on ....or maybe i went to the restroom on that descusion how ever i love my ford car!!!!
So you were pinching a loaf when you should have been paying attention. what is your problem?
If only the USA would start getting suories about designing a mass-transit system infrastructure, we could:A. Reduce our dependency on oil. (how patriotic!)B. Help rid our cities of space-hogging private vehicles, SUVs and subcompacts, alike.C. Vastly reduce our carbon footprint and help save our environment and ecology.D. Recreate the interurban networks which existed before the car culture took over.E. Bullet trains, both interstate and transcontinental, which could be powered in part by developing trackside solar energy collection systems, would get travelers to their destination faster than cars, and without the stress and tedium of driving.F. Help reduce increasingly congested air transportation, not to mention the obscene amount of fuel consumed, with resultant pollution, each time a plane makes a trip.• What, give up private cars?! Not at all at once, but gradually over a decade and there could be driving clubs and virtual road trips to let people detoxify from their addiction. Public transit systems could become as luxurious as private cars, or at least first class airline travel. Who's going to PAY for this Utopian vision? By having people who would otherwise buy a new car contribute that money to developing a great, innovative transit infrastructure. It's that simple (and yet so difficult for the majority to accept at present). Let's face up to the car companys' canard that every year brings major automotive improvements. This year's cars are essentially no better than cars ten years ago, or ten years hence. Car companies want to make money, and that's why they constantly push new models at you. You're being seduced by the expensive advertising, the cost of which ends up on the sticker price.• So what about all the car-related jobs? True, there are many, and think of how they could be transferred to jobs building, operating and maintaining a shared transit system. The oil companies and the auto industry make broad and brash claims to helping and saving the environment, but even the most advanced electric cars will also leave a larger carbon footprint, as well as a spatial one. Wake up, America! Our air and soil quality has been severely compromised over the past 100 years because of automobiles. Our seas are polluted as well by disasters like the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon spills. Our American landscape has been desecrated, cemented over with roads, parking lots, malls and all the rest that goes with a car-centric culture. the time for a change is long overdue. Cars are dinosaurs.If you love and believe in your country and its future, think about moving forward and not just on 4 tires. With beautifully renovated and designed transit systems you might actually find they are a great improvement. And after all, would you like to see a return of smoking in shared spaces, or, for that matter, racial segregation? Examining and facing down the sanctity of the private vehicle may well be our next challenge.