Running on Empty

Have I ever told you the story about running out of gas in a busy intersection and how said story should have scared me into making sure my gas tank was always filled?  No, you say?

Well let me share the story…..

I constantly let my tank get really low because I hate to fill up my car with gas…. It’s just another thing to do and I hate to take the time to do it,  so I am always scrambling at the last minute to get gas. 

Anyways, I was about 3 months pregnant and was just leaving a dentist appointment on my way back to work.  I got to a busy intersection in NW Houston and had to stop at the red light.  I was the first car in the middle lane!  I was probably singing along to some song when all of sudden my car powered down.  I remember thinking, “what the hell, did my battery die??” .  Then it hit me, my gas reminder thing had gone off the night before and I had made a mental note to get gas first thing in the morning.  Note to self, mental notes are broken! 

I have to thank God for two things.  First, Hank was at daycare and not in the car with me and second, there was a gas station on the corner.   

My first thought was to push it somewhere but I really didn’t know how or where I was going to push it….so I did the next best thing, I left my car and tried to push out my stomach  (for sympathy points!) and darted across the intersection to the gas station.  Cars all around were slamming down on their horns….it is up there as one of the most embarrasing times in my life.  I went in tried to get a gas can and fill it up quickly….but you know how that all goes.  And of course, gas tanks are simple these days.  I took off the top hose thing and threw the hose attachments on the ground.  I filled up the gas can and ran back to my car.  However, when I got back to my car I couldn’t get the damn hose in the tank.  That’s when I realized that I needed all the attachments I threw on the ground. 

So, I set the can down, ran back to the gas station, got the attachments and ran back to my car.  Remember, I am at a busy intersection!!!  Cars were piling up and having to merge into the other lane.  Horns were going off the whole time.  I finally got a gallon of gas into my car and was able to start it and pull into the gas station. 

After this incident, I vowed to never let my tank get low again.  However, a few nights ago at a stop light with both kids in the car and my husband in his truck behind us, I almost had the same scenario play out at a bigger intersection.  Grace was crying in the backseat, so I had put the car in park while sitting at the red light to fish out her pacifier.  I got her pacifier back in her mouth and as I turned around to put my car in drive….. I saw it, “0 miles to E”.  I don’t know how many minutes/seconds it took for the light to turn green but it felt like an eternity.  I was able to get into a gas station and get gas.

Seriously, I wish my gas reminder would go off every 10seconds until I filled up my tank.  I am going to ask Ford for this upgrade in my next car!!

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3 responses to “Running on Empty

  1. Clint has run out of gas so many times it’s not even funny. Once was in the middle of the night! He just gets distracted and forgets about it and next thing you know, he’s broke down on the side of the road. Ugh!

    Glad this second instance worked out better than the first! Silly girl!!

  2. Heather

    The one time I have run out of gas, I was lucky enough to do it in a ritzy area of Dallas about a mile from a gas station. A man in a BMW stopped and offered to go get me some gas and bring it back… he didn’t want me to feel unsafe in a “stranger’s” car.

    He went and got the gas for me, put it in my car, and wouldn’t take a penny for the gas or his time. Nice people do still exist, it’s nice to know! 🙂

    Maybe we need to get you a talking gas gauge that yells at you every 5 miles or so?!

  3. Kelly

    So, I guess it’s safe to say you are a slow learner…Nice trait you’ve passed on! Just kidding

    I was a freak about getting gas until I had Lane. It is now a big issue to stop with him in the car. Now I play chicken with my gas tank all the time. Let’s see how far I can push it this time. It says 1 mile left but does it have more like 5 miles? I haven’t run out yet but I’m sure I will lose the game eventually.

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