Scary Driving Moment
Friday, September 15, 2006 at 8:52 AM It might be a bit of a bloke (or just a bit of an idiot) thing, but I occasionally like to push my car to see how many miles I can squeeze out of a petrol tank.
Back in the days where I didn't have a "miles remaining" on screen display I used to be fairly conservative - filling up about 10 miles after my petrol warning light came on (which generally appears when you've got about 40-50 miles remaining).
However, since I've had a car, which has an onscreen display showing "Miles remaining" in my petrol tank, I've become a bit more daring (read reckless) with regards to this - generally only filling up when there's less than 20 miles remaining in the tank.
This has generally been fine, apart from last night where I pushed it a little.
I'd gone past the last petrol station en route, 13 miles from home with "22 miles remaining" in the tank and thought "Hey, this'll be fine... it'll be tight but fine".
I didn't count on the high quality estimation of my lovely car, which went as follows:
It was around the "10 miles remaining" mark that I really started to brick myself. What also didn't help was that my phone was about to run out of battery.
By "1 mile remaining" I was actually starting to laugh... surely I couldn't actually get stuck at the side of the road, without the ability to even get help?
Well, in an unexpected bout of luck, I didn't, and with some expert coasting managed to get back the last 2 miles with (supposedly) no petrol in the tank.
I think to be fair there were a good few more miles left (I guess the ol' "miles remaining" thing is a bit on the cautious side), although of my 50 litre tank I managed to squeeze 50.2 litres of petrol in whilst filling up.
So, driving 2 miles with 0 miles remaining. I wonder if I can beat that next time...
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