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Anyone else notice that the "Need Gas" indicator comes on very early? Mine came on today, I filled up, and it took less than 12 gallons. Isn't it a 15.9 gallon tank? I guess they're just giving you plenty of notice...
 

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I try to never let my gas get below 1/2 a tank, that way, if an earthquake or nuclear bomb should take out the electricity and gas stations near the epicenter should not work, I can drive farther away and get gas in outlying regions not effected by quakes. Or Nukes. Maybe.
 

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Evidently running out of gas can create some real problems with modern car motors. This is even mentioned in the Element's owner's manual. I imagine that this warning light, turning on with 3 gallons left, is just another safty measure, and way of protecting the car and its vitals.
 

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[quote:56771af958="Ger Brassfield"]I try to never let my gas get below 1/2 a tank, that way, if an earthquake or nuclear bomb should take out the electricity and gas stations near the epicenter should not work, I can drive farther away and get gas in outlying regions not effected by quakes. Or Nukes. Maybe.[/quote:56771af958]

Please don't be offended by my the following question - I don't know how to ask it in a more tactful manner...

Are you honestly living in so much fear of disaster that you try not to let your gas tank get below half empty?

I guess I'm just shocked by this and want to understand why you feel this is necessary. In fact, my thesis is related to this topic - I'm exploring the impact that the broadcast media (television, news, movies, etc.) has had on American society.
 
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