This morning, I heard the radio announcer say that people are switching from refilling their gas tanks when the needle hit 3/4 of a tank remaining to waiting as long as possible to take advantage of lowering gas prices. Well, that makes sense.
When gas prices were increasing as quickly as they had been (10 cents every two days at some points), it made sense for frequent drivers to top off their tanks before it reached a half-tank, or even a quarter empty, even though that meant lugging around a few more pounds of fuel that lowered your fuel economy a bit.
But now that gas prices are on a downward trend, people are playing the waiting game to see how long they can go before needing to get gas, and maybe only getting a day or two’s-worth at that. Well you can probably see what’s going to make the news next…
First it was people purposely running out of fuel just so they could get the complimentary gallon of gas from the highway motorist assistance, but now I foresee people running out of gas because they’re stupid and don’t fill up their tanks with enough gas to get to their destination. C’mon people, you’re saving pennies just to risk getting stranded and paying dozens or hundreds of dollars on a tow service.
On the one hand, I think those cheaters who ran out of gas purposely were rather smart (still annoying though), but people who run on fumes just to save a few cents when a gallon drops 2 pennies are just cheap.