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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Low fuel controversy

Posted September 25, 2008 9:07 a.m. EDT

Do you wait until the last minute to fill up on gas?  Please weigh in.

A big debate on the WRAL Morning News set today - do more men than women drive their cars and trucks until the fuel warning light comes on? Lynda Loveland is pushing the theory that it is a "man thing." Veteran crew member Patrick Marrow keeps driving until his Camaro coughs on the final fumes in the tank. I typically wait til the amber light glows in my Honda Pilot because I know I still have a lot of wiggle room.

Lynda surveyed many of our news staffers and concludes that men tend to wait a lot longer than women when it comes to filling up. Here are her statistics. 75% of the men surveyed wait until the fuel light glows before pumping gas. Only 35% of women polled wait until the last minute. Lynda argues that women are better planners and perhaps are more in tune with family safety issues.

I would like to get your opinion and comments.