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Driving advice.
Posted by: deckeda
Date: November 15, 2021 01:51PM
Kid is on his way back from Lowe's. He sends me a picture of gas for $2.89 ... that's low around here in TN. I tell him to fill up the truck, including the truck bed. Just drive slow so that it doesn't slosh around. Remember it can catch fire or become a bomb.

He probably won't do that.

Kid: "We need an EV, ASAP."

Me: "Drive slower. Like, in neutral. Look for downhills to exploit. Turn off the engine between towns. Never break for any reason."

He seldom asks me for advice; it's as if he knows everything. Kids today!
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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: November 15, 2021 02:31PM
Remember when we were kids and knew everything?

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Me: "Drive slower. Like, in neutral. Look for downhills to exploit. Turn off the engine between towns. Never break for any reason."

Most (all?) cars made in the last many years use more gas when coasting in neutral than coasting in gear. They supply no gas while coasting in gear, but do if you put it in neutral.




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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: hal
Date: November 15, 2021 02:34PM
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They supply no gas while coasting in gear, but do if you put it in neutral.

doesn't that imply that you can coast in gear forever without running out of gas?
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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: November 15, 2021 02:36PM
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They supply no gas while coasting in gear, but do if you put it in neutral.

doesn't that imply that you can coast in gear forever without running out of gas?

No? Eventually you'll stop coasting from gravity or momentum.




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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 15, 2021 02:38PM
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They supply no gas while coasting in gear, but do if you put it in neutral.

doesn't that imply that you can coast in gear forever without running out of gas?

Sure, except for gravity, rolling resistance, and inclined planes....



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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 15, 2021 02:42PM
How much gas can you haul in the bed and not have it spill or leak out? Seems like you would get more of it home if he filled the cabin, or at least asked another person buying gas to fill the cabin, perhaps by pumping it through the space at the top of a slightly opened window. A crew-cab can hold hundreds of gallons.



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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: freeradical
Date: November 15, 2021 02:51PM
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Kid is on his way back from Lowe's. He sends me a picture of gas for $2.89 ... that's low around here in TN.

Gas prices in California haven't been that low since last century.
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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: Forrest
Date: November 15, 2021 02:55PM
“Me: "Drive slower. Like, in neutral. Look for downhills to exploit. Turn off the engine between towns. Never break for any reason." “

Was your truck made in the last 50 years? You expect your kid to safely stop your truck with no power steering or power brakes when the engine is off ???
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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: GGD
Date: November 15, 2021 03:32PM
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Kid is on his way back from Lowe's. He sends me a picture of gas for $2.89 ... that's low around here in TN.

Gas prices in California haven't been that low since last century.

Just checked my records, gas was pretty cheap here in the bay area during 2020 when nobody was driving. These were all Costco gas prices.

$2.399 April 2020
$2.699 June 2020
$2.799 June 2020
$2.699 Aug 2020
$2.799 Aug 2020
$2.799 Sept 2020
$2.799 Dec 2020
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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: btfc
Date: November 15, 2021 03:44PM
$3.99 for regular unleaded, central Oregon
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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: Racer X
Date: November 15, 2021 03:47PM
Over $4 in Seattle, 50 cents cheaper 40 miles away.



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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: Gareth
Date: November 15, 2021 03:53PM
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I tell him to fill up the truck, including the truck bed.

On the Big Island of Hawaii, when it snows, people will fill up their truck beds with snow to bring down the mountain, and you can really pack it in there and go high up too... Last time I was up there, we saw one truck that had buckled from the weight, collapsed between the bed and the cab...
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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: November 15, 2021 03:56PM
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$3.99 for regular unleaded, central Oregon

$3.49 here in Northern Lower MI. as of about an hour ago.

Block the truck bed drains before filling, deckeda! Otherwise, it wouldn't be safe. /s



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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 15, 2021 03:57PM
In in Sacramento -- gas was $4 ish not long ago... paid $4.60 a week ago... and now has dropped to $4.35 in the last few day, cheapest in a few weeks.





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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 15, 2021 04:57PM
Gas was under a buck a gallon here during the pandemic. This was April 20th, 2020.




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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: deckeda
Date: November 15, 2021 05:15PM
Well, he made it back and without the large bags of insulation being gas-soaked. That said, I didn't check to see if he used Speedy's interior suggestion. He quickly moved into Avoidance Mode so as not to hear me say he now needs to install the insulation.
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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 15, 2021 06:28PM
That reminds me, November is when our Volt demands we burn our annual nine gallon tankful of gas. Maybe I can get free shipping on nine gallons from Amazon so that I don’t have to make my annual obligatory gas station stop. I just hope I can remember how to work the pump.



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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: GGD
Date: November 15, 2021 06:40PM
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That reminds me, November is when our Volt demands we burn our annual nine gallon tankful of gas. Maybe I can get free shipping on nine gallons from Amazon so that I don’t have to make my annual obligatory gas station stop. I just hope I can remember how to work the pump.

Maybe only put in 2 gallons this year.
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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: RgrF
Date: November 15, 2021 06:49PM
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Kid is on his way back from Lowe's. He sends me a picture of gas for $2.89 ... that's low around here in TN.

Gas prices in California haven't been that low since last century.

$5.05 for 97octane (for a turbo) today in the SFValley.
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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: Racer X
Date: November 15, 2021 09:08PM
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Kid is on his way back from Lowe's. He sends me a picture of gas for $2.89 ... that's low around here in TN.

Gas prices in California haven't been that low since last century.

$5.05 for 97octane (for a turbo) today in the SFValley.

where can you get 97 at the pump? That's so cool. I have to settle for 93 and octane boost here. Or spike it with 2-3 gallons of toluene.



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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 15, 2021 09:54PM
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That reminds me, November is when our Volt demands we burn our annual nine gallon tankful of gas. Maybe I can get free shipping on nine gallons from Amazon so that I don’t have to make my annual obligatory gas station stop. I just hope I can remember how to work the pump.

Maybe only put in 2 gallons this year.

Nah, I tried that, it won’t work. It has to burn a full tank’s worth of gas. It does occasional “engine maintenance” gas burns that might last up to 10 minutes and it still runs off the battery.



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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: RgrF
Date: November 15, 2021 10:37PM
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Kid is on his way back from Lowe's. He sends me a picture of gas for $2.89 ... that's low around here in TN.

Gas prices in California haven't been that low since last century.

$5.05 for 97octane (for a turbo) today in the SFValley.

where can you get 97 at the pump? That's so cool. I have to settle for 93 and octane boost here. Or spike it with 2-3 gallons of toluene.

I could say the 1 an 7 are adjacent and it was a typo, but that would mean I was actually paying attention, which I wasn't, to a throwaway line.
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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: stephen
Date: November 15, 2021 11:07PM
Costco is .50 cheaper for Premium than other stations around Birmingham.
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Re: Driving advice.
Posted by: btfc
Date: November 16, 2021 11:00AM
“ Eventually you'll stop coasting from gravity or momentum. “




But if a guy had enough of these:



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