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Keep Spare Gas for Emergencies

I had leftover gas in my containers for the lawn mowers and not enough gas in my truck. Instead of throwing this gas away, knowing it was still good, I used it in my truck to get to the closest gas station. It worked like a charm. I now keep a container just for emergencies.

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By Barbara from Atlantic, VA

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

There is a way to avoid this type of emergency. When I had a car I never let the tank get less than 1/4 full, especially in the winter. I have always been low income, but to me I always thought I would rather be safe than sorry.

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January 21, 20110 found this helpful

If you keep gas for very long it needs thinning, now that it is unleaded. There is an additive that will keep it fresh. I always had some left over from my lawn mower in a jerry can. I give it to my neighbor for washing parts in the spring, it won't even start the lawnmower after sitting over the winter.

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January 25, 20110 found this helpful

Good point, RedHatterB. It scares me when hubby runs our 3/4 ton van on empty. I know how expensive a new fuel pump is for this vehicle! Carrying at least one gallon of "reserve" gas is a good idea, with only a couple of cautions: first, empty it into your tank and put in a fresh supply every so often.

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Second, Be very, very sure the container closes securely. Spilled gas, even in the trunk, can be awful!

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