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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Pumpin' Gas

What's your first preset station on your car radio? Mine, as Sundries readers might recall, is KISS Country 99.9 FM.

And amongst all the other reasons why, is that country and western music is always singing about, talking about, and looking out for...the little guy.

Everything that relates to him and her, is important to the C&W community. That speaks to me, boy.

So there I was, radio blasting The Lost Trailers' "Holler Back", windows rolled down, wind blowing my hair all over, cruising on I-95 the other day, but what do I hear?

Great tips on filling up at the station.

Prices are out-of-this world where I am. That's true of all Americans, but it's nice to have a moan about oneself, sometimes.

For Premium today, I paid $4.29 at UGas, an out-of-the-way, go'mint cheese type chain, foregoing my usual Mobil/Chevron stations because they're at $4.70 for Premium in Miami Beach.

And I am NOT going to pay almost 5 dollars per gallon in the US of A. What am I, back in England??

So without further ado, until the eco-nuts get it through their head we have to drill in ANWR now, I present you KISS Country's 4 very useful tips on pumping your gas.


1. Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A one degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

2. When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some other liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

3. One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY. The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

4. Lastly, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up--most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. Hope this will help you get the most value for your money.

...can you imagine how much the Clampett's old clunker might cost to fill up today?

Thank God for Jed's Texas tea.

ADDED: The Red Cross are taking a twisted leaf from "No Blood For Oil" and offering gas coupons in exchange for donations.

Believe me, I did think about it for a moment.

Then I learnt it's a $5 to $8 coupon. Dude, give me a break. That barely refunds me getting there.

Then I remembered the last time I tried to be a nice lady, I got turned away. Seems they don't take folks who have been to the Brazilian Amazon recently. Sheesh.



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