advertisement
Deals | News | Forums

The Forum is sponsored by 
 

AAPL stock: $524.94 ( +5.93 )

*Cached every 60 seconds. For live updating, Click Here

You are currently viewing the Tips and Deals forum
Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: September 29, 2008 12:10PM
my gut instinct says "No way!" but maybe i'm just too cautious.

i have to go to pensacola on Thursday. it's work related; i have to go and i have to be there by 4pm CDT. i'm hoping between now and Thursday morning i can fill my minivan tank but whether i can or can't, i was thinking of taking my lawnmower gasoline along with me. if i get stranded, it might get me further down the road to another exit.

is that a really bad idea?

i although thought of getting a siphon so that if i was stranded and a passing motorist was willing to help, i could siphon off some of their gas. funny- Sunday my local wally world was out of siphons.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 29, 2008 12:12PM
Just don't stick it in the trunk and then open the trunk while smoking a cigarette. Unless you like those sorts of films...
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: September 29, 2008 12:16PM
Well, I won't say that it is safe, but it is less dangerous than traveling with an empy can provided that it is not leaking. Gas vapors are explosive, while gasoline by itself isn't too dangerous unless it leaks into the carpet and catches on fire.



**************************************
Nothing to see here, move along.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/29/2008 12:17PM by ztirffritz.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: September 29, 2008 12:21PM
Quote
ztirffritz
Well, I won't say that it is safe, but it is less dangerous than traveling with an empy can provided that it is not leaking. Gas vapors are explosive, while gasoline by itself isn't too dangerous unless it leaks into the carpet and catches on fire.

so, a full can would actually be safer than a partially full or empty can? the can wouldn't be in the trunk; i'd have it in the open back of a dodge caravan and leave the rear windows cracked.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: Harry in MI
Date: September 29, 2008 12:21PM
No smoking, and I hope you have decent sense of smell. With a good tight can you should be OK.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 29, 2008 12:27PM
There ARE safety cans designed for this purpose. Your average plastic wal-mart special ain't one of them.

But you're in the emergency zone, so do your best and be careful. Leave the windows cracked, and as noted above, DON"T empty it unless you must. An empty can that was recently filled is far more dangerous than a full can.
Options:  Reply • Quote
How safe a driver are you and the rest of the idiots on the road???
Posted by: slbett
Date: September 29, 2008 12:31PM
Safe if nothing happens but deadly if something does. In an accident, anything can happen. I had a sturdy safety can for my gas compressor and still it caught fire in an accident. Second and third degree burns over 80% and off work for over two years. I would rather run out of gas than carry it inside a van. NOT worth the risk.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: davester
Date: September 29, 2008 12:45PM
For field work, our environmental company (and many others) often have to take a generator and fuel to a site to run the equipment. We carry gas in safety cans. As long as you have a proper can in good condition and it is secured in place, then there shouldn't be a problem. After all, you are already carrying a much bigger tank full (or half full) of gasoline in a safety can strapped under your car (the gas tank).

Also, it is quite common for people going camping to carry cans of white gas to fuel stoves, lanterns, etc.




"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/29/2008 12:45PM by davester.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: September 29, 2008 12:56PM






VTPKL it!
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: billb
Date: September 29, 2008 01:13PM
Safer to have an open can of gas than an open can of beer in most places ...
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: September 29, 2008 01:17PM
1. buy a safety can. check.
2. fill it. check
3. secure it in place. check.
4. crack windows at all times. check.
5. avoid idiot moves and drivers even more so than usual. check.
6. pray. check.

slbett, your experience and advice is sobering and well-noted. thank you.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/29/2008 01:17PM by graylocks.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: September 29, 2008 01:18PM
[www.cbsnews.com]




__________________________________
Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: September 29, 2008 01:18PM
a completely different take on golden showers.


Quote
mattkime
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: September 29, 2008 01:23PM
Quote
bazookaman
[www.cbsnews.com]

maybe that's why mom panicked the day i finally got my driver's license and said i really wanted a 65 Mustang. she went right out, bought herself a new car and insisted i buy her car from her. a pinto sedan.
Options:  Reply • Quote
matt...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 29, 2008 02:19PM
...edification, if you please.

A scene from a movie, I'm guessing.

NOT a documentary?!



You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

We don’t do focus groups. They just ensure that you don’t offend anyone, and produce bland inoffensive products. —Sir Jonathan Ive

-An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

There is no safety for honest men
except by believing all possible evil
of evil men.

Pixels were born to be punished. -Frederick Van Johnson

Mister, that's a ten-gallon hat on a twenty-gallon head.

I *love* Sigs. It's Glocks I hate.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: matt...
Posted by: papercup
Date: September 29, 2008 02:46PM
Quote
RAMd®d
...edification, if you please.

A scene from a movie, I'm guessing.

NOT a documentary?!


[www.youtube.com]
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: matt...
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 29, 2008 05:13PM
Quote
papercup
Quote
RAMd®d
...edification, if you please.

A scene from a movie, I'm guessing.

NOT a documentary?!


[www.youtube.com]

Can't see that link from work, but that scene's from Zoolander, IIRC.



It is what it is.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: September 29, 2008 05:24PM
I've done it many times but only for about 2 miles and with the windows
open in my Scion xA hatchback.



Grateful11




Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/29/2008 05:28PM by Grateful11.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: tenders
Date: September 29, 2008 06:23PM
Tie it properly to the roof rack (in an old duffel bag, if you must) and be done with it. It won't be in the vehicle, it won't leak fumes inside the vehicle, and any fumes it does leak will be whisked away.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: September 29, 2008 06:37PM
Quote
tenders
Tie it properly to the roof rack (in an old duffel bag, if you must) and be done with it. It won't be in the vehicle, it won't leak fumes inside the vehicle, and any fumes it does leak will be whisked away.

it has occurred to me to put it up on the roof rack somehow.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Re: Is it safe to travel with a filled gas can in the car?
Posted by: Michael
Date: September 29, 2008 07:05PM
I did that two weeks ago when I went to Nashville. I bought a new 5 gallon can from Home Depot and put the filled can in a plastic bag and then lashed it to the side of the vehicle. No fumes because the cap fit well and no mess because it was new. I filled my daughter's car when I got there--gas is in really tight supply in Nashville--and then filled it again outside of town on the way back because of the empty can danger. I'm going to do the same this weekend when I go back to Nashville.
Options:  Reply • Quote
Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.

Click here to login