Have you ever ran out of gas (petrol)?

@AmbiePam (49081)
United States
October 24, 2008 12:23pm CST
I've run out of gas only once in my life, and the reason turned out to be because my gas gauge was broken. I rememeber it was over one hundred degrees outside, and the nearest place to use the phone was about 2 miles away (I had no cell phone and had picked an awful time to wear jeans). So I started walking. About a mile into my walk, a lady with a little boy in the back of her car stopped to offer me a ride. I gratefully accepted. Have you had the misfortune of running out of gas or petrol?
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@taripres (1499)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Ah snap, plenty of times! Actually not too long ago, it was my fault, trying to make it to a cheaper gas station! With these gas prices, I thought it would be worth it, guess not! Taripre$
@AmbiePam (49081)
• United States
25 Oct 08
LOL, I don't blame you for trying!
@taripres (1499)
• United States
22 Nov 08
Yeah, gas has been going down pretty rapidly now. I'll still try n make it to a cheaper gas station though, it's the principle of the whole thing! Taripre$
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
24 Oct 08
Yup, I have done that before. I knew I was getting low on gas, but I was running late for and appointment so I decided to take the change that I had enough gas. My gas light apparently had stopped working. NOPE! I did not have enough gas. So little that I actually ran out of gas 2 miles outside of town. An older guy stopped to help me. I realized after he stopped who he was. He was the 90 year old grandfather of a girl I went to school with my whole life. I did not have a gas can, so he drove me to his house(between where I was and the gas station) and went in his barn and got a gas can. Then he drove me to the gas station and back to my car.
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@AmbiePam (49081)
• United States
25 Oct 08
That is so sweet. He is a good man.
@redhotpogo (4398)
• United States
25 Oct 08
yep I have. I keep telling myself I should start bringing a container of extra gas with, but I never do. It usually happens when I'm in traffic. I'm like ok I'm about to run out I need to get to the gas station, and then just my luck I get stuck driving with the slowest people in the world that want to stop for ..i don't know what. They just stop all of a sudden for no reason at all, and then I end up running out of gas before I can get to the gas station. Maybe I should start bringing a bike with me.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Nope......that's one thing I haven't done yet.....and I say yet as it can always happen! LOL
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
24 Oct 08
Yep, 2 times in my van alone! The last time was at a busy intersection off the highway! I've been lucky, tho, never had to walk to the gas station. Once the owner of the house I stopped in front of went and got me a can of gas and last time AAA came to me with gas.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
24 Oct 08
Yes, just recently because my husband thought we had enough..fortunately we ran out just at the top of a hill and at the bottom was a gas station..There are problems with that though..First, the station is on the left side, so if traffic is coming and I had to stop, that would be it, but there wasn't any, so I went into the parking lot..Second problem is if I can't easily get to a pump on the correct side because other cars are there. That is what happened, I went around and got as close as possible, but we ended up having to push a little to get to the pump..
@omar0913 (943)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Oct 08
I had never run out of gas, for I do'nt have a car nor a motorcycle to drive, but I run out of cash for I lost my wallet, and I end up walking in a very hot afternoon for about 30 kms. And another, I run out of cars to ride going home, cause it's raining hard due to storm and most of the street are flooded about my waist high, again I end up catching colds and fever from walking in that flooded streets. Take Care ...LOL, We were catched unpepared, but stil we survived, it adds up to our lesson in life and we learned from it.
@AmbiePam (49081)
• United States
25 Oct 08
You're right! We can take it as a lesson, and if we learned from it, then it is to our benefit. That is a good way to see it.
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@omar0913 (943)
• Legaspi, Philippines
25 Oct 08
Very well indeed..Thank you!
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@nadooa247 (1096)
• United States
15 Nov 08
happened once with be because i over estimated how much gas i had left and thought i could make it to the next gas station which didn't have a lot of cars waiting... turned out i didn't have much at all. Ended up having the car roll to a stop i was happy i was at least able to steer the car to the side out of the way of oncoming vehicles.
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@AmbiePam (49081)
• United States
15 Nov 08
That is a good way to look at it. It could have been worse.
@Tonycn (76)
• Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
25 Oct 08
One day my wife found the car can't move only after driving within a hundred meter from home. She thought there might something serious happened and call the 4s shop. After she called the 4s shop they sent a trailer and toeed the with the driver together to the shop. When the car was towed to the shop and after carefully checking they found there was no gas in the tank! It was the floater inside the tank that was broken cause the problem. Even the tank was empty the meter still indicate half full. And that was after an over-600-km journey with only one tank of gas but we never noticed we might out of gas.
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@AmbiePam (49081)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Uh-oh. Was your wife embarrassed?
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
25 Oct 08
In my long years of driving, I've run out maybe twice. The first time it was because I didn't know how to read the gas gage in my car. I have a fear of runnibg out of gas and being stranded somewhere, so I'm obsessive about keeping plenty of gas in my tank.
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@AmbiePam (49081)
• United States
25 Oct 08
I was too afterwards.
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
25 Oct 08
thankfully this has never happened to me. i am very careful about making sure i have enough gas to get where i am going. my husband, on the other hand, has gotten us very close to running out of gas on several occasions. i am the careful one and he is very haphazard so it makes for a tough time for me. we subscribe to AAA so if we do run out of gas ever we can just call them for help so it is comforting knowing that but i would prefer not to have to ever do that.
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@AmbiePam (49081)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Yes, AAA would be a comfort to have. My parents have that coverage.
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Well, yes and no. I've been in cars that ran out of gas - three times in my lifetime. And all 3 times it was the fault of the man in the car. The first time was years ago when my high school boyfriend and I were seniors. He ran out of gas in the fast lane on the highway not far from a bend in the road. We couldn't be seen until cars got around the bend. It was frightening. We couldn't get out to leave the car and staying in it made me feel like it was the end. Luckily, a big rig driver stopped and put flares up for us. He had a CB radio too, and called for help for us that way. And he stayed with us until a tow truck came with some gas. The second time was in my own car, but a guy I was dating was driving. This was about 8 years ago - after I had divorced my son's dad. I knew that when my car was on empty, it was just about empty, but my boyfriend thought he could make it the 10 miles down the road to my home. We didn't make it, though. We ran out of gas about 2 miles after I told him we WOULD run out of gas. Lucky for him there was another small town 2 miles in the direction we were going and it had a slight downhill grade. He pushed my car to the gas station...in 80+ degree Texas summer heat. The third time was in that same car mentioned above with a different date. I even told him about the last adventure a year before, but he, too, thought I was exaggerating that my car would die so quickly. We ended up with no gas in almost the same spot! But this guy was a bit heavier and more out of shape. Instead of trying to push the car, he walked - again in 80+ summer heat - to that same gas station and bought a gas can and some gas and walked back. I'm married now (to a different man) and I still have the same car. My hubby believes me when I say that the car is almost empty...after having heard the 2 other tales.
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@AmbiePam (49081)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Oh the folly of men...
@hiddenwing (3721)
• China
15 Nov 08
It was very kind of them. Almost all my classmates have already got the driver's licence but me. I am a such a careless person. So, my mom doesn't allow me to drive anyway. Not to mention the gas thing ,lol Have a great day!
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
15 Nov 08
Yeah I have a few times. I would walk to the nearest house and call for someone in the family to bring gas is a gas station wasn't within walking distance. Their is usually 3-10 miles in between gas stations where I live.
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@sacmom (14315)
• United States
26 Oct 08
Yes, I have. I've only had it happen once in the past 17 years I have been driving. My husband and I were living with his parents (and yes, we paid our share of the bills). Anyway, we happened to be living where my husband and I live now, out in the country. During part of this arrangement we had use of my mother-in-laws car (there is no public transportation available). Anyway, on the day I ran out of gas, my mother-in-law had told me that I would have to get fuel for the car as it was just about on empty. She had not bothered to get any when she came home the day before. I don't remember if it is because she is either too scared or just doesn't know how to use the gas pump. Now I wouldn't have minded getting the fuel, but I was a bit nervous with the gauge being as low as it was and with it being about 10 miles to the gas station I worried I wouldn't make it there. I was right... I was maybe only a quarter of a mile from the gas station when all of a sudden the car ran out. I had to pull over quick, but I couldn't pull over to the side of the road where I was at, so I had no choice but to pull into someone's driveway. And with the car having power steering, I had to pull with all my might seeing as it went out when the car ran out of gas. To top it off, I had my oldest son, who was about 3 years old at the time fast asleep in the backseat with me, along with my brother-in-law's then girlfriend's daughter. I wasn't going to leave them alone in the car to walk and get some fuel, nor was I going to wake up my son so the 3 of us could walk there, so I called my husband with my cell phone and had him and his dad rescue me. They had to stop off at the gas station first to fill up the gas can, which I think held a gallon of fuel. But once they came to my aid, they told me to make sure to still stop off at the gas station and fill up the tank. I did, and I haven't run out of gas since! I don't ever want to go through that again!
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
25 Oct 08
Oh geeze, you can just call me the QUEEN of running out of gas! I have run out of gas at least once with every car I've owned. Now, it took until last year to do it in my latest car - it's almost 5 years old... I alway run my gas right down to the empty line - and past. I've usually lucked out and been fairly close to someplace to get gas and/or help. One thing I don't understand is why at the convenience store where they sell gas... Why don't they sell gas cans?? Most of them don't! I've even been to a gas station or two that doesn't sell the gas cans...
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@snowy22315 (47262)
• United States
25 Oct 08
I have a couple of times. The last time was when my car was new and I didnt notice the little pump thing lighting up. My boyfriend (now husband) came to the rescue. Another time I was coming back from a long trip and was really pushing the limits with the gas, I was less than a mile from home.
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• India
25 Oct 08
It has happened many atime with me. once when i was travelling long distance I missed a petrol pump and thought i will get a refil at the next pump. I had just about a litre of petrol left. I could not find a petrol pump for the next 20 KM an dfinally my car came to a stand still. I checked with people coming from the opposite direction how far the next pump was and learnt that it was 6 KM away. I caught a bus and went there but i did nto have a can so I had to buy a 5 Litre can of distilled water and throw out the distilled water and fill up the can with petrol and when I tried to catch a bus back, i was not permitted to enter with petrol.It took me an hour to get a lift in a truck. Finally after a delay of more than 2 hours i ws able to get back on my way.
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• United States
25 Oct 08
yes, unfortunately i have. i was delivering pizzas on a very busy highway many years ago. then my $600 used datsun (so old of a car that nissan was the present incarnation of datsun) just konked-out. i was truly curious as to what was happening and then i remembered that i was so broke that i couldnt put any gas in before pizza deliveries that day. when i was in that position before i would just borrow from the change that the pizza store manager handed out to each of the drivers but i got a delivery IMMEDIATELY when starting and had no time to put a few dollars in. it was truly humbling to be broken down with no gas, borrow a cell phone to call store and then have someone from store pick me up and have to THEN put gas in the car. what a great night!
@061234217 (133)
• China
25 Oct 08
I have no experience like that.It sounds really awful.These days I can't make a conclusion if I need a car.I write down the advantages and disadvantages about owning one.It seems I can write another disadvantage now...
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