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    Thread: Price cause more motorists to run out of gas, AAA says.

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      04-28-2011 07:24 AM #1
      Drivers are pushing gas gauge needles way past 'E' in an attempt to avoid costly gas station stops, but that is leaving more of them stranded on the side of the road with empty tanks and facing potentially costly repairs, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
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      04-28-2011 07:30 AM #2
      This just in; dumb people are dumb.

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      04-28-2011 07:33 AM #3
      What's that phrase? "Penny wise, dollar foolish..."

      They are putting off the inevitable, and costing themselves more time and money in the process. Sounds stupid...
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      04-28-2011 08:07 AM #4
      Ive run out of gas once. I wanted to know what the absolute maximum mileage I could get out of the tank was. No big deal to do it once but to do it many times to avoid filling up, thats just dumb.
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      04-28-2011 08:10 AM #5
      Huh? How does one even think that works?

      Or are these paycheck to paycheck people that budget out every cent, and once that paycheck is spent, they need to make the tank last until the next one?

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      04-28-2011 08:13 AM #6
      So what's the reasoning? "Maybe my gas tank actually has five gallons in there it's not telling me about?" "Somehow, this teaspoon of gas remaining in the tank will get me through to next Friday, even though I hammer it away from lights and go 5mph over at all times." What?

      If you own a car, but don't have enough in reserve to pay for gas when it needs it, you're doing it wrong. I added $30 a month to my gas budget as soon as prices went above $3.25. And don't tell me you're waiting for payday; you're still doing it wrong.
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      04-28-2011 08:15 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by Egz View Post
      Huh? How does one even think that works?

      Or are these paycheck to paycheck people that budget out every cent, and once that paycheck is spent, they need to make the tank last until the next one?
      Probably, but I've lived paycheck to paycheck before, and I never didn't have $500 in reserve in case something came up. Even $200 would do it - if, say, I needed a tank of gas, or my computer **** the bed, or something.
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      04-28-2011 08:31 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbiodiesel! View Post
      So what's the reasoning? "Maybe my gas tank actually has five gallons in there it's not telling me about?" "Somehow, this teaspoon of gas remaining in the tank will get me through to next Friday, even though I hammer it away from lights and go 5mph over at all times." What?
      This. I'm tired of stupid people blaming everyone but themselves for their problems.

      All I can add is another cliche - "a fool and his money are soon parted".

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      04-28-2011 09:04 AM #9
      nothing like seeing stupid people in expeditions and tahoes on the side of the road because they can't afford to fill up their tank. I'm waiting for everyone to start buying a prius again.
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      04-28-2011 09:17 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by dj_cronic_metal View Post
      nothing like seeing stupid people in expeditions and tahoes on the side of the road because they can't afford to fill up their tank. I'm waiting for everyone to start buying a prius again.
      They should move to Canada and pay $5.60G for premium and see how long they last

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      04-28-2011 09:18 AM #11
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      04-28-2011 09:20 AM #12
      Perhaps they just want to take advantage of the $3.89 they save by having AAA bring them one gallon of gas. 'Cause that's totally worth it.

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      04-28-2011 09:25 AM #13
      I guess since I've never ever not filled my tank all the way up to the tippy top at 1/8th tank or so (and pumped it a couple of times past the "click" stops, too, for good measure), I don't understand the whole running-out-of-gas concept. You gotta eat, you gotta gas your car up. It's not an expense that's unexpected or sneaks up on you or just "happens." You know it's coming...

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      04-28-2011 09:30 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Roadkilled78 View Post
      Perhaps they just want to take advantage of the $3.89 they save by having AAA bring them one gallon of gas. 'Cause that's totally worth it.


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      04-28-2011 09:36 AM #15
      When my car broke down last year and had AAA tow it, I was chatting with the tow truck driver. He said he's been dispatched to gas stations for customers ran out of fuel, so they would rather wait an hour for AAA to bring them a gallon of gas than pay for a gallon.

      I also have to hold back laughter when I'm inside a gas station and I'll hear people buy $10 of lotto tickets or cigarettes and then ask for $3 on one of the pumps.
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      04-28-2011 09:37 AM #16
      They just have to spend more money to fill it up
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      04-28-2011 09:43 AM #17
      It probably costs them a dollar more simply because prices have gone up in the process of waiting another day.

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      04-28-2011 09:48 AM #18
      Living around Baltimore i see so many Crown Vics (and others) on 22s to 24s left on the side of the road, assuming, because they ran out of gas. I just want to lecture them to take off their stupid big wheels and maybe they would get better mileage. I know my buddies (non cop/taxi) crown vic only gets like 18mpg stock. I can only imagine what a donked 200k miles + retired copcar/taxi get.
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      04-28-2011 10:00 AM #19
      I am amazed at the number of people that will pull into a gas station now, add ONE DOLLAR in gas, then drive off. That only makes sense if they are stopping at every gas station to add a dollar.

      A more likely explanation is people put 30 bucks in the tank every week and expect it to last without checking the fuel gage. But now that same dollar amount is 2/3rds the gallons, so they run out.

      People are stupid.
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      04-28-2011 10:00 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by curvedinfinity View Post
      It probably costs them a dollar more simply because prices have gone up in the process of waiting another day.
      Good point. If prices are rising, its more economical to fill up more often. To a point, of course.

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      04-28-2011 10:03 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Korfu View Post
      Living around Baltimore i see so many Crown Vics (and others) on 22s to 24s left on the side of the road, assuming, because they ran out of gas. I just want to lecture them to take off their stupid big wheels and maybe they would get better mileage. I know my buddies (non cop/taxi) crown vic only gets like 18mpg stock. I can only imagine what a donked 200k miles + retired copcar/taxi get.
      I had somebody in a loud (headers/cam) V8 S-10 running very oversized drag slicks ask me for gas money.
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      04-28-2011 10:20 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettaboy1884 View Post
      What's that phrase? "Penny wise, dollar foolish..."

      They are putting off the inevitable, and costing themselves more time and money in the process. Sounds stupid...
      Esspecially in todays cars, it's a good way to burn out a fuel pump. Many fuel pumps are cooled by the gas in the tank, run it dry and it can cause more wear and tear on the pump, ending up as an even more costlier to the person.
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      04-28-2011 10:20 AM #23
      I've been seeing this a lot lately. Not surprisingly, it's always a fairly decent car.
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      04-28-2011 10:51 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by cryption View Post
      They just have to spend more money to fill it up
      Well, that, and the time. Doesn't anybody value time at all? I mean, it's worth 35 bucks today for me to not be stuck by the side of the road tomorrow.
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      04-28-2011 10:55 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Turbiodiesel! View Post
      Well, that, and the time. Doesn't anybody value time at all? I mean, it's worth 35 bucks today for me to not be stuck by the side of the road tomorrow.
      With how most people act in public I would be surprised if they are even THINKING about tomorrow.

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