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And now my hands stink of gasoline 
23rd-Sep-2011 08:06 pm
too much stupid
I earned some karma points today, though I'm not sure that I really wanted that much work for them. On my way home from Berryville, I saw an SUV pulled off of the road into a corn field, and a dejected girl walking away from it. I stopped and asked what was wrong, and if she needed a ride. She had run out of gas. Oh, no problem, I'm not in a hurry. I took her over to the Liberty station in Boyce, where she purchased a gas can and filled it. We went back to her SUV. At this point, I discovered that she had made a serious tactical error: her gas cap was on the down-slope side of the car. The modern, too-short, government knows better than you* gas can nozzles will not allow the user to pour gas into a tipped-down gasoline line.

We flagged down a guy in a big, heavy-duty truck who had a tow strap. He pulled her car up onto the road (i.e. level), where we managed to fill it up to the point that it would start. Her boyfriend arrived at that point, and so I thanked the truck guy, and went back to my own truck. Even if she runs out of gas again from all the gas that we spilled on the slope, she's his problem now.

Lesson of the story #1 - I need to put the tow chain back in the truck.
Lesson of the story #2 - If I ever run out of gas on a slope, tip the tank side up.
Lesson of the story #3 - If I ever see a car out of gas on a slope, look first to see which side the tank is on before going to buy gas. And hey, maybe just buy a funnel when we buy the gas can.

ETA: Yes, the rain had stopped. We were not acting out a country song, at least. Thank the gods for small favors.

*insert your own expletives here, in gerund format
24th-Sep-2011 12:25 am (UTC) - Y0u are a good person
Good job; you definitely earned your karma points. I like being the one prepared as well..

Things I always have in my truck:
Tow chain
Fix a flat
Fire extinguisher
Funnel/plastic soda bottle with end cut off

24th-Sep-2011 12:31 am (UTC) - Re: Y0u are a good person
Thanks for the compliments and thanks for the list. I like the funnel idea, for sure!
24th-Sep-2011 03:22 am (UTC) - Re: Y0u are a good person
I would add to this a siphon hose as well..
7th-Oct-2011 10:22 pm (UTC) - just cleaned out my truck and will add
jumper cables. duh.
24th-Sep-2011 01:30 am (UTC)
That was very kind of you.

I have been helped so many times on the side of the road I'll never be able to pay all the kindness back. It's a goal of mine, though. :)
24th-Sep-2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
The last time I needed to fill my car with gas from a tropicana jug (from the trooper who gave me a ride to the gas station), I held the little gate at the bottom of the gas thingy open with a stick. Would that have worked in this situation?
25th-Sep-2011 10:04 am (UTC)
No. The problem wasn't the flap inside the gas line. The problem was the jug nozzle was so short it wouldn't actually pour into the car.
26th-Sep-2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
My gas can of choice has been a metal jerry can for years. with a nice flexible metal hose.... Unfortunately no one carries these anymore outside of 4x4 shops.

for emergency use, I've found that this is a pretty good option for a regular gas can though, easy to use with a bit of practice, and it is small enough to be put behind the seat of a truck, or in the spare tire compartment of a car

26th-Sep-2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
weird. sounds like I should have kept hold of the last gas can I bought, only a year or so back (but it still smelled of gas and I didn't want my car smelling of gas.) It had a decently long nozzle and an actual handle much like on a normal gas hose.

You're saying the hose on the end of the gas can isn't allowed to be long?
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