Keep Your Tank Full Just In Case

It's always a good idea to have keep a full tank of gas in your car. In case of a family emergency in the middle of the night, you don't want to run out of gas right in the middle of it and have to search for an open gas station. Also, if the electricity is off in your area, the gas pumps won't be able to work. One of our church members found this out, not long ago, in a citywide power outage. She needed gas and not one gas station was able to allow her to buy, the pumps won't run without electricity. Always be prepared.

By Terri from NV

April 27, 20070 found this helpful

I agree with your tip about having a full tank of gas. Out of neccessity, as we live in a rural area and most gas stations close at night, I have renamed my "1/2 tank level" of gas to my "empty" level. This allows for always having enough gas to at least get to a larger town for emergency hospital calls, etc., and I don't have to make late night, often times scary stops, at gas stations.

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March 5, 20140 found this helpful

So very true. Years ago, it was Christmas night and all of us (adult) kids were awoken late by a phone call that our father was being taken to the hospital due to heart attack. I needed gas to make the 40 mile+ trip to the hospital... Ever try to find an open gas station on Christmas?

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March 5, 20140 found this helpful

Years ago, I ran out of gas. Luckily, a brother-in-law came to my rescue. After helping me, he told me something I've never forgotten. He said, "It doesn't cost a penny more to keep your gas tank full, than it does to keep it near empty".

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March 5, 20140 found this helpful

I agree, and it is a lot easier to do than one might think. Some think it is more expensive to do this, but overall it is about the same. The only expensive part is the first time you fill the tank, if it is near empty. After that it is easy, unless you do a lot of travel in the course of a week or pay period. When I had a car, my commute was short, and later I used to park and ride public transportation so the car commute was still short. This was only a few years ago, and it still only cost about $20, maybe $25 to top my tank off to the point where the pump stopped, every 2 weeks on payday. The only painful part was loading it up the first time, as the person from whom I got the car usually left the tank pretty close to 'E'. Something that is a small investment, but provides big peace of mind.

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