Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bad mistake-- chose to drive over BART, and out of gas!

I had an early meeting that I joined by phone from home and by the time I was done, it was around 9:45am. I could have taken BART but with the limited shuttle connection that ends at 10am, I didn't want to deal with a bus or pay for a taxi, so I thought I should drive into SF instead. Without traffic, my ride across the bridge is 23 minutes, not bad! But today, with the heavy fog, the bridge traffic was even worse than indicated on 511.org, which generously marked the flow as yellow to red. It was more like black all the way until after the toll.

To make things worse, I thought I had 2 bars of gas left on my Prius but for some DARN reason, 2 bars went to flashing zero warning within 3 minutes. This never happens, it must be another Toyota malfunction, even though our model year was not recalled. What the heck????

I had to jam my way to the West Grand exit and find the nearest (not so close!) gas station with my husband's help over the phone since the GPS was down.

Finally, with gas, the bridge traffic was even worse. All in all, it took me over 70 minutes today to get to SF.

Looking back, I should have just taken BART, and pay for the $5 taxi ride.

So lame...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I made that same mistake one Sunday afternoon. I couldn't find parking at Lake Merritt. So instead of driving to Fruitvale or West Oakland I decided to drive into SF. Big mistake. I will never make that mistake again. Those non-commute hours are so tempting but you never know when crazy bridge traffic will strike.

Humblopinions said...

Re: "This never happens, it must be another Toyota malfunction, even though our model year was not recalled. What the heck????"
That's because the recalls for the gas indicator have not yet been issued. ;-)

BARTSurfer said...

I totally know the feeling. I've gotten to the point where I almost never want to drive to SF.

David said...

I have a 2005 Prius with a problem where the number of bars can go whacky. We ran out of gas at 11:30 at night once, with only one bar down. There's a typo on the title for "approved": Do you support the newly apprpoved BART OAK Extension?