Coasting on fumes

Over the weekend, I was back in Pittsburgh for a wedding. On the way to the reception, the guy who was driving me and Pat (of Urban Saddle fame) there noticed that his car was almost out of gas. So, after the reception was over and we were on our way home, the first order of business was to get gas. However, through a combination of the lateness of the hour, a couple of missed exits, and a lot of bad luck, we were unable to get any gas for the first few miles of our return trip. Our driver (also named Pat) was starting to get a little anxious. So, he checked the handy trip computer to see how many miles we had to go before we were totally empty. The answer was zero miles. This realization did not help the anxiety level in the car. However, it was reminiscent of the Seinfeld episode “The Dealership“, which you should see if you haven’t. We drove for a few miles on 0 miles to empty before we finally got gas in Greentree. In retrospect, we probably could have made it all the way to Pat’s house without filling up since it’s all downhill from Greentree to the city. That said, we didn’t want to push it and end up having to call AAA or our parents in the middle of the night. The take-home message of all of this is that you can still drive even when the needle is below the “E” line and the trip computer tells you have zero miles to empty – at least on Pat’s mom’s Audi.

1 Response to “Coasting on fumes”

  1. September 17, 2006 at 8:33 am

    Oh yes. It is a dangerous piece of knowledge to have, tho.

    Thankfully in Pgh the gas prices are going down–I’ve heard tell of 2.39 in the South Hills and in Zelienople. In the No. Hills it’s still at a very nice (I can’t believe I’m saying this) 2.49. (ACK! I did buy gas at 99 cents in my adult life!) But I have 27cents off on my Giant Eagle fuelperks…

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