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BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696702] Sun, 01 May 2011 15:55 Go to next message
Laura in VA  is currently offline Laura in VA
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How full is your tank?[ 28 vote(s) ]
1.Never less than 3/4 full 0 / 0%
2.Never less than 1/2 full 3 / 11%
3.Never less than 1/4 full 10 / 36%
4.I run it to E then fill it up as much as I can 12 / 43%
5.I have no idea how much gas is in my vehicle till it dings at me 3 / 11%

Just wondering Smile

Most people said they would leave in a disaster. That would be one of the last things I would do. I have animals to care for...and even more than that I'd like to find my house and things still here when I return Wink

But if power is out so are gas pumps...so if that's your plan I'm wondering if you leave enough gas in your vehicles to always get you to where you'd go Smile


So now the Lord says, "Stop right where you are! Look for the old, godly way; and walk in it. Travel its path and you will find rest for your souls. ~Jer 6:16

Everyone can purchase their freedom by having the courage to forgo the perks of dependency.
Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696703 is a reply to message #696702 ] Sun, 01 May 2011 16:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Sherry in NH  is currently offline Sherry in NH
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You need an "it depends" or other option. In the summer, I am more likely to get into the car and find it above E and have to go to the gas station. In the winter, I keep it filled.

For me, I'm sharing the car with others and so am not completely in control of how fast the gas gets used and how much gas is in it.

We would be more likely to stay than go in a disaster. It would all depend on what it was. We live on a hill, far above the 100-year-flood-plain, so flooding is generally not an issue. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes are almost non-existent here in New England. Our major problems are ice storms in the winter, and periodic house fires because so many people heat with wood.

We did have one microburst a couple of summers ago, that cut a swatch for miles. And a river in NH flooded and re-routed itself. All of that didn't touch us personally.

Dh is already planning to bring a team of guys down to a place where we know people touched by the tornadoes to help rebuild.

[Updated on: Sun, 01 May 2011 16:02]


In Jesus

Sherry from NH
Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696705 is a reply to message #696702 ] Sun, 01 May 2011 16:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
PamE
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Unfortunately, my answer would depend on what time of month it is. Confused We fill both vehicles after every payday (2xmo)... and then will put bits in to get us through to the next payday. Confused Not ideal at all.


I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. ~Phil 3:13-14~
Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696707 is a reply to message #696702 ] Sun, 01 May 2011 16:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bonnie  is currently offline Bonnie
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I don't like to go under half a tank.


Bonnie
Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696708 is a reply to message #696705 ] Sun, 01 May 2011 16:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Laura in VA  is currently offline Laura in VA
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PamE wrote on Sun, 01 May 2011 16:12

Unfortunately, my answer would depend on what time of month it is. Confused We fill both vehicles after every payday (2xmo)... and then will put bits in to get us through to the next payday. Confused Not ideal at all.

That is how we are as well! Every pay day we put in our gas money...and that has to get us to the next payday. So if something happened on Friday we'd be fine...but on a Wednesday...we're going no where.


So now the Lord says, "Stop right where you are! Look for the old, godly way; and walk in it. Travel its path and you will find rest for your souls. ~Jer 6:16

Everyone can purchase their freedom by having the courage to forgo the perks of dependency.
Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696717 is a reply to message #696702 ] Sun, 01 May 2011 16:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Chris, GA  is currently offline Chris, GA
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Dh's vehicle usually gets filled up once a week and it's usually pretty low by that point. I usually fill up when my vehicle gets between 1/4th and 1/2 full.

Looting is certainly a problem in natural disasters but I suppose that's just a choice we'd have to make if things got bad enough for long enough.

My home and stuff are certainly not important enough for me to risk my life by staying behind if it got that bad though. It makes me sad to see folks fight evacuations. I understand their dilemma, but sometimes they lose their lives trying to keep their stuff Sad.


Chris, GA
Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696719 is a reply to message #696708 ] Sun, 01 May 2011 16:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Chris, GA  is currently offline Chris, GA
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Laura in VA wrote on Sun, 01 May 2011 16:16

PamE wrote on Sun, 01 May 2011 16:12

Unfortunately, my answer would depend on what time of month it is. Confused We fill both vehicles after every payday (2xmo)... and then will put bits in to get us through to the next payday. Confused Not ideal at all.

That is how we are as well! Every pay day we put in our gas money...and that has to get us to the next payday. So if something happened on Friday we'd be fine...but on a Wednesday...we're going no where.


But if you had warning, it would be wise to use some emergency funds to fill up. When this monster storm was predicted (we had a couple days warning), I filled up.


Chris, GA
Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696722 is a reply to message #696702 ] Sun, 01 May 2011 17:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
praise2christ  is currently offline praise2christ
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I depend on my Kroger points after a couple of big shopping trips to lower my gas cost. So I let it get close to empty before filling up completely.

But, as far as me leaving and having enough gas...I always have enough to get to the next county (10 minutes max to the East or West) or even state (2 minutes North since I live on the Kentucky/Ohio border). Each county and state runs on it's own grid. So, even if we don't have power, it is likely that one of the other counties or Ohio would. So, I would just go there to get gas.


Stacy, mom to 11-year-old boy/girl twins and a three-year-old boy.

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Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696723 is a reply to message #696719 ] Sun, 01 May 2011 17:05 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Laura in VA  is currently offline Laura in VA
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Chris, GA wrote on Sun, 01 May 2011 16:57

Laura in VA wrote on Sun, 01 May 2011 16:16

PamE wrote on Sun, 01 May 2011 16:12

Unfortunately, my answer would depend on what time of month it is. Confused We fill both vehicles after every payday (2xmo)... and then will put bits in to get us through to the next payday. Confused Not ideal at all.

That is how we are as well! Every pay day we put in our gas money...and that has to get us to the next payday. So if something happened on Friday we'd be fine...but on a Wednesday...we're going no where.


But if you had warning, it would be wise to use some emergency funds to fill up. When this monster storm was predicted (we had a couple days warning), I filled up.

I try to do the same as well...and I always keep the tank fuller in the winter as well. That's easier for me because I drive much less in the winter (I'm a chicken Wink )


So now the Lord says, "Stop right where you are! Look for the old, godly way; and walk in it. Travel its path and you will find rest for your souls. ~Jer 6:16

Everyone can purchase their freedom by having the courage to forgo the perks of dependency.
Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696725 is a reply to message #696723 ] Sun, 01 May 2011 17:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Emily
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I keep mine between 1/2 and 3/4.


Emily
Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696736 is a reply to message #696702 ] Sun, 01 May 2011 18:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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We are currently sharing a gas rewards car with my in-laws. WE rotate filling the cars, so we run them down to E, or as close as possible. We get X amount off per gallon, for one tank.

Depending on the type of emergency, I would stay put or go to a friend's ranch which is only three hours away.


In Him--Tracy
Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696745 is a reply to message #696736 ] Sun, 01 May 2011 18:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Carrie L  is currently offline Carrie L
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We only have one vehicle which dh uses for work. He fills up every 4 days - it's usually at about 1/4 full at that point. I only drive to church and food shopping and rarely even look at the gauge because I know dh is on top of it. Smile


Carrie

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Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696761 is a reply to message #696702 ] Sun, 01 May 2011 20:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jamie
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"never" is a pretty strong word.

My "rule" of comfort (the one I ask everyone to pay attention to) is that the tank must be a minimum of 1/2 full. What seems to happen most of the time is a 1/4 tank - unless DH is the last one driving. Once upon a time he'd make sure that the tank was full before anyone else drove.. for the last year he's been on this kick of "oh, there's plenty of time yet, it's not really on the E it's just hovering" drives me b.a.n.a.n.a.s. because *I* get the car so rarely that I'll head off into directions without stations convenient, and won't realize it until too late.


Peace
Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696765 is a reply to message #696761 ] Sun, 01 May 2011 20:47 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Cammie  is currently offline Cammie
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We dont have anywhere to go. Even with a full tank of gas, we could not get to any family members home. We could get to Chars, but honestly I would not go to Memphis in an emergency in the first place. We have had to evacuate for Katrina and other hurricanes when in La. but we always had plenty of notice to fill up the vehicles a few days before. In a true emergency, we would have to stay put. We are preparing for that type of event.


Cammie
Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696824 is a reply to message #696765 ] Mon, 02 May 2011 02:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
~Janice  is currently offline ~Janice
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I usually try and keep half or more full on all our cars. You never know!


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Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #696867 is a reply to message #696702 ] Mon, 02 May 2011 09:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
ReneeL.inMN
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it depends - in the winter we keep it at 3/4 full.
In the summer I keep it at 1/2.


ReneeL.inMN
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Re: BT How Much Gas Do You Keep In Your Vehicle? [message #697055 is a reply to message #696702 ] Tue, 03 May 2011 01:44 Go to previous message
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My rule of thumb is this: The first time I look at the gas guage and think, "I wonder if I should get gas?", I stop at the next gas station and fill 'er up. Smile


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