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Old 03-14-2019, 11:08 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I can top that: In 28 years I've spotted the neighbor lady getting her curbside mail on foot maybe three times. The rest of the time she's pulled up to the mailbox in her car. No, she's not disabled. Not that I know of.


Ha! Then there's the time I was out on a walk and I observed a woman pull into the entrance of her driveway and get out of her (running) car to fetch the mail. The car, not having any patience, proceeded to park itself in the garage without her. Damn lucky it didn't plow into the brand new pickup already in there! But it didn't stop until it hit the far wall. It was a SHORT DRIVEWAY. COME ON.
Wow, that is hard to top! We have some problems in this country...

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Old 03-14-2019, 06:38 PM   #32 (permalink)
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When I allowed a girl that I knew had poor judgment borrow my Subaru, she parked it in the side yard. I slid open the gate, released the parking brake, put the car in neutral, and would have easily moved the car twenty feet had I had traction.

She said "The smart thing to do is to just drive the car."

The engine would idle longer than it would run. How is that smart?!

(Of course, knowing her judgment was poor, I demonstrated poor judgment by loaning her my car)
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Recently in my area gas prices spiked to $3.25 at one of the cheapest places in town. Diesel is $3.15. I won't be surprised if we get back up to peak 2012 prices, but hopefully not...
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Here in Sacramento our prices are up an average of 50 cents a gallon in the last couple months. Last time I filled up I paid $2.86/gal. Costco usually has the cheapest prices around and as of this morning, have their price was $3.24/gal. Arco is usually close behind but they have been over $3.40/gal for the last few days. Fortunately the weather has been receptive to bike riding so I still have 3/4 tank of the lower price gas in my pickup.
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Old 04-19-2019, 10:39 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Many gas stations in Arizona are over $3.00 a gallon. PhoenixGasPrices.com says prices have increased 46 in a month, partially due to planned and unplanned refinery maintenance in California shrinking demand.

The Earthquake State hit $4.00 a gallon, the highest since 2014.

I had talked to a family about getting them paperwork before the weekend, but I did not think that we established when they needed it. I was getting ready to see my first client today when I messaged the family to see when they needed it.

Pretty much right then.

So, I messaged the family with which I had an appointment saying that I would be delayed doing paperwork, and replaced a page in a .PDF with a version that my supervisor had signed.

Of course, that would not go quietly into the night. Then Mom asked me where in town had the cheapest gas. It only took a minute or two, but I was already late!

I am really bad at planning, remembering, executing... anyway, I was approaching empty yesterday and somehow thought that I would remember to get gas before my first appointment. I made it just fine, but I absolutely do not like going below empty, even though obviously I am not.

That just seems like Russian roulette. What have Russians ever done for us?!

So, both of us needed gas, and hopefully Safeway had a discount, so I carefully drove out after my two appointments, parked, walked home, drove Mom's car, filled up both using the same discount...and saved 25 over the cheapest place in town.

Drove Mom's car home, walked back, drove to the cheapest place in town, and got anther 5.5 gallons for 1 more than at Safeway with the discount.

Is it supposed to take two hours to get gas? I need to figure out how to check the fuel discounts.
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You can know exactly how much fuel you have left by noting how much it took to fill, and subtracting that from the fuel tank capacity.

For instance, my Prius is rated almost exactly 10 gallons (10.2). If I put 9 gallons in to fill it, I know I had 1 gallon left despite the gas light having come on 60 miles ago...

So, I make note of when the gas light turns on, and how much fuel I had left after filling to determine how far I can go "on the gas light". I probably always know within quarter gallon how much fuel I've got left.

Knowing with precision how much fuel remains can reduce your anxiety when all the gauges are telling you the car will stop at any moment.

Regarding cheap fuel, tell Mum to install the Gas Buddy app.
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Old 04-19-2019, 11:58 PM   #38 (permalink)
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I have it on my phone, but I will mention it to her.
I need to check the bulb. I have bought up to 16.72 gallons. The tank is rated for 17.1, so it really should have turned on. Curiously, the light does not come on in my Civic, and it did not work in my Subaru, either.

I have the crazy idea that I should fill up before there is any risk of running out.

My Ultragauge estimated miles until empty. Does Torque keep track of that? I bought a cell phone mount, but I need to figure out something else.
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You cannot always judge by fillup volume either.

When I got my previous car, a Nissan Almera with a 50 liter tank, first fill (with the light burning and all) took only 37 liters. I tried to get more in but it almost spilled.

So for the next fill I decided to go 100 km beyond the light. The first tank got 15 km per liter, so I should be safe, right?

At the filling station I parked it the other way round this time, with the filler neck at the high side of the very gentle slope. The pump clicked at 51.5 liter...

Turns out the Almera tank was prone to trapping giant air bubbles if the filler neck was low. Also, its size is just an estimate.
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I've run all my vehicles out of fuel, most of them multiple times. The Prius is actually rated 10.4 gallons, but it always clicks off at 10.2. I can probably get 0.2 more in if I filled up the filler neck too, or just gave the pump a couple more squeezes.

Tank size is an estimate, but it' pretty darn close.

Once I calculated I could go 500 miles on a tank, and the car ran out of fuel as I turned into the petrol station. I coasted to a stop exactly as the odometer rolled to 500.

I know how much range I have left in all my vehicles within about 5 miles of error. Whereas the fuel light and needle cause my wife anxiety, I relax and figure the best place to stop for fuel knowing I'll make it.

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