Practicality of keeping a small (1gal or 2gal) can of gas in a vehicle – e payment electricity bill mp


It’s really no different than making sure you turn off all the electrical accessories when you park the car, and locking it up in a theft prone neighborhood. You think ahead about how things are and prepare against them with some common sense. Those become habits which overall protect yourself and your property.

Not to be too blunt, but having gas in the trunk of the wife’s car is basically enabling her to ignore the gas gauge and be oblivious to real life. One of the hard truths of vehicles is we use a volatile fuel and there is only so much you can use before the tank runs dry. With fuel injection the real issue is even letting it run down, as the pump requires – mandatory – enough fuel in the tank to cool it down and keep it from overheating.

Those fuel cans you see on an off road vehicle? They were originally intended for excursions where operations would be conducted in remote areas where no resupply is possible. In wartime there was also a lot of scavenging and petrol transfer to supplement it. As for off roaders today, many have the cans for looks. Some fill them, others don’t. It’s dead weight with a gas station every five miles in an urban zone, and exposed to collision they are a menace.

What do rural people do? Do they carry gas in the trunk? Few actually bother, and they would have the better reasons for it when they live 25 miles from a gas station. Nope, they PLAN AHEAD. Sure, some have a larger tank on the farm trunk to supply their ag equipment out in the field, but the family car? It’s a gasoline powered model, not diesel, which means you PLAN AHEAD for the requirement to fill it up and keep it full to make a round trip. You don’t short yourself and create a problem, you think ahead and make sure it’s fixed.

Your wife isn’t doing that and the better plan is to let herself reap what she sows. Isn’t that how any adult learns to change their behavior? She isn’t a child who needs to be kept away from a hot stove or poking the neighbor’s pit bull with a stick. Time for her to be empowered about her own life instead of sheltered and protected.

The harsh truth is that women would be a lot more responsible for their actions if we would just get out of the way and let them learn to deal with reality. My wife and daughter are apparently cut from different cloth – self actualized and independent women who deal with life as it comes. It’s not that I’m not being observant, it’s that I’m not making them helpless and painting them as a victim to be targeted. Like most husbands and fathers, someone who crosses the line with them will reap the whirlwind.

1. Many people work far from home. Having responsibilities at work, especially in an emergency, could mean you have travels to undertake but stations are not open or are open with hours-long lines. I’ve seen this in person, and having a stock both at home and in my vehicle give flexibility and independence.

2. Many people have non-work obligations far from home. I am a Guardsman, for example, and have had to report to locations hundreds of miles away from home during emergencies- again with no fuel available anywhere along the way. I cannot even make the trip from my home to my assigned armory and back on a single tank of gas in any of our vehicles, so once again stock at home and in-vehicle are both useful solutions to potential problems.

in-vehicle or on-vehicle fuel is generally a PITA to use vs just going to a station and filling up. Accessing and using the cans, the nozzles, the funnels, etc is MUCH more work than just topping off normally, so that fuel is really not used for anything other than a real emergency, and certainly not as a routine range extender or fill-up replacer.