How Close Can You Go? – @nicholassm1th

I drive a Land Rover Freelander 2.2 diesel and I love it.


This weekend we went from our home in West Yorkshire to Dorset. As we set off I filled the tank past the stop with as much diesel as I dared. We were going to spend some time with friends and to see the in-laws off we set to Weymouth via the A1M, M18, M1 A42, M42 and A35 to name a few after a weekend driving around visiting friends and the like.

We were calling at my mum and dads on the way back to Yorkshire and I was not stopping till we got there not for any reason. As we set off home the Range on the computer said I had 141 miles of fuel and I knew that we had 154 miles to go. We set off and headed north to my parents in Daventry. Now you should know that it was raining and dark and I needed both my wipers and headlights on all the way to mum and dads, it was also cold so we had the heater on as well, and the boy was charging his Iphone and Ipad as we moved up country.


As we moved further north I realised this was going to be close, at the Cowley turn I had 47 miles of fuel left but Daventry were not on any of the sign posts yet so fingers crossed. As we hit the M42 at Wendbury I had 34 miles of fuel left still no signs with mileage on them. Leaving the motorway we saw the first sign with mileage, I had 14 miles of fuel and 16 miles to go and no chance of any fuel now until Daventry!

Wardington 13 miles to Daventry and 12 miles of fuel!

Byfield 8  miles to Daventry and 6 miles of fuel!!

Charwelton 6 miles to Daventry and 5 miles of fuel!!!

Coasting down hill now to save fuel!!!!

Badby 3 miles to Daventry and 1 miles of fuel!!!!

As I hit the edge of Daventry (Drayton Lodge) the fuel range clicked to 0 miles, shit or bust time now, At the London Road roundabout I could not afford to stop I made it round and CHUG no pressure just managed to swill enough for a few more yards, CHUG again as we hit the roundabout at the end of Admirals Way there was no way I could get all the way round and get in the entrance so there was nothing for it I had no power and was only just keeping the engine running as I swerved into the exit and along side the pump.


It was never in doubt!!!!

I have to commend Land Rover on the accuracy of their gauges.


About altwoodmoon

Leeds United fan. Dog owner, walker and feeder. Qualified scuba diver, Tec diver and PADI Pro. Kids almost flown the nest so have a new life with my wife, loads of holidays. Blogs are my own ramblings but am know to copy (okay plagiarise) other people when they are saying what I want only better but always give them credit.
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