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July 23rd, 2002

How Much Gas?

You can often tell a lot about a person by how low they let their gas tank get before stopping to refill. I, for instance, am a procrastinator by nature, but am not comfortable with waiting so long that I’d run out of gas while driving. So, I wait until I’m at about 1/8th of a tank, but I don’t wait for the warning light to tell me I’m low. That says I like to put things off, but not too long.

A guy I knew in high school managed to run out of gas twice in the time I few months I knew him and had to walk to the nearest station to get a gallon of gas. That’s because this guy was a dumb ass.

I’ve also known people on the other end of the spectrum, who fill up as soon as they drop below a half tank. These are usually the types of people that always have everything in place and don’t ever look harried or rushed.

Where are you on the Gas Refilling Spectrum, and how accurately does it reflect your personality?

Posted in Cars

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday July 23, 2002 -- 9:57:58 am
I run it down to fumes every time. My theory is that I flush out any gunk before it builds up in the bottom of the gas tank. I have no scientific evidence to support my theory.

FROM: Paul [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday July 23, 2002 -- 9:59:11 am
I generally let the tank get down to the first warning bell; if the second goes off, well, I'm in some deep doo-doo.

My Neon, which I had a few years ago, had a faulty gas gauge. I'd be sitting in traffic and suddenly, the needle would fall to "E"! Freaked me out the first time it happened. It was consistent at 1/4 tank, though; started to fall right then and there, so getting gas was a bit of a game.

I did run out of gas once in my current car, because I am a schmuck. I was about two blocks away from a gas station when it happened.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Tuesday July 23, 2002 -- 10:21:05 am
Chris -- Sounds good to me, screw scientific theory!

Paul -- Once is a mistake, twice in as many months would qualify you as a dumb ass. So you're OK.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday July 23, 2002 -- 12:19:51 pm
I try not to let the needle drop past 1/4 tank, but since I drive so little around Richmond I usually put off buying gas until I know I'm going through Fredericksburg.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday July 24, 2002 -- 9:45:30 am
I get gas once a week on the gas sale day. Which day it is depends on the local competition. Some places call it Super Tuesday (7 cents off a gallon). Here in Portland Maine it seems to be Sunday, and it's not advertised. Every Sunday though, gas is from seven cents to a dime cheaper at most gas stations. If I'm running too low to get through until Sunday I will put in $1 or $2 of gas to get me through. I am not the kind of person, however, who will drive another ten blocks out of my way to get gas that's one or two cents cheaper than the place closer to my house. But making Sunday the day to get gas when I usually need gas once a week anyway works out pretty well. I figure the $1.50 or so I save every week by observing this ritual creates Oreo money I otherwise wouldn't have. I save up and buy the huge deal box. You know, ten rolls of Oreo for $5. Whatta deal.

FROM: King Random
DATE: Wednesday July 24, 2002 -- 10:55:55 pm
I let my parents pay for gas, as it is still their car. And as they usually get the gas, I don't concern myself with the meter. But I do here the warning bell fairly often it seems, so maybe my parents are shmucks. We have never run out on the road though.

DATE: Thursday July 25, 2002 -- 12:21:36 am
I let the warning light come on in my VW Golf TDI, usually after 450 to 500 miles. After the light comes on there is enough fuel left for another 100 miles or so. With that kind of range I only need to fill up every three weeks or so.

FROM: Jerry Warrenlorgonitz
DATE: Saturday July 27, 2002 -- 12:15:34 am
I throw a few dollars worth in every time I see the gauge drop a notch. Sort of a sickness, I guess...I mean, what'll happen if I dont? I actually have many mental illnesses. One deals with minute rice... P.S. DON'T YOU DARE MAKE FUN OF MY LAST NAME!!!!!

FROM: Jeremy
DATE: Thursday May 22, 2003 -- 1:10:50 pm
i used to have a tracker, the gas guage didnt work at all, i wouldnt worry about getting gas at all untill my car let me know, it was time to get gas when i turned the cornor and the rpms would drop all he wa down and then go back up, with that warning i would know itwas time to find the closet gas station, one time i didnt have ne $ on me and i had to go all the way home, i got there, but my trusty old car wouldnt start back up, i just stole all my ma's gas from the gas can,

FROM: Riley
DATE: Sunday July 23, 2006 -- 11:28:14 pm
I refill my car every time it drops belown 3/4 of a tank and I'm anywere near a gas station. That being said, as far as personality, lets just say that Monk guy from the tv show was modeled after me.

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