What Happens When Your Car Runs Out of Gas?
All of us who have driven for a while have running-out-of-gas stories. Either a friend or family member ran out of gas at an inauspicious time or you had that very unpleasant experience yourself. Here's my friend or family story: on a double date with my brother and two very nice young women we ran out of gas in the line to get into a drive-in movie theater. Since the show was about to start and there was a long queue of cars behind us, the problem didn't make my brother — or any of us in the car — too popular.
On a more personal note, I used to work for a car magazine editor who insisted on driving the cars he was testing until the gas tank was virtually empty and then passing the car off to one of his underlings, like me, to fill it up. On one occasion the car he'd passed off to me ran out of gas less than 100 yards from where he had left it for me. The good news? A gas station was just another 100 or so yards away … and it was downhill. While this story had a quick and happy ending what happens when you run out of gas typically doesn't end nearly as well.