I have owned my car for over three years now. I will say I am a bit on the neurotic side when it comes to this. I refuse to let my car ever get low on gas. I mean ever.

There are two types of people. Those who let the excitement fly and see how close they can get to running on E. Oh and then me. The type that fills up when it gets below half of a tank. I think that getting too low on gas just stresses me out. It’s part of my personality I guess.

So when I left my daughters house on Saturday I went and filled up for the drive home. By what my car said I had 340 miles to my house. I had about 370 miles until empty.

Should I fill up in Clarendon? Just I risk it? Then I realized I had United Gas rewards that I would lose after tomorrow. So I had to go for it.

I kept an eye on the miles left until home and the miles until empty. I used my cruise control most of the way home. I didn’t want to cost me any extra miles. I wanted to keep at a steady pace. Oh and luckily the wind was in my favor so I wasn’t driving against it. That made me feel better. Kind of. It was still stressing me out a bit.

I know I could stop anywhere and get gas but I also know I wanted to get the best bang for my buck when it comes to using my gas rewards. I couldn’t remember if I had twenty or thirty cents off per gallon but I did know it would expire tomorrow.

So I drove on. I have had this card for over three years and this was the first time my low fuel light went off. Ever. I wasn’t even sure it worked. Oh but it did.

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The light actually lit up as I was pulling into Market Streets parking lot. So score. I made it. It stressed me out but I did it. I used my rewards and only paid $1.19 a gallon instead of the $1.49 it was supposed to be.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

Then my car was back to it's normal spot and I wasn't having to stress anymore.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM