Monday, September 22, 2008

Timing is everyting to finding gas in Cool Springs

Gas? It's available. For needy motorists, it's just a matter of timing.

In the Cool Springs area, the gas trucks arrive between 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. So try and time your gas trips to that schedule.

Some motorists simply park their vehicles next to a bump, turn off their engines and catch a quick nap or do some paperwork.

Motorists at the BP/MAPCO where I fueled up in five minutes were very chatty and friendly. Their scouting report was that there is plenty of gas in Kentucky. There also is plenty of gas in Murfreesboro. The problem is just in the immediate Nashville area.

One motorist compared the panic to the swarming of supermarkets for milk and bread with each threat of snow. She had a big SUV and actually admired my 15-year-old midsized car -- unwashed. That's the first time anyone has admired anything about me in Brentwood. But she is part of the problem with the ongoing shortage. She had a half a tank of gas when she pulled in, and she was still filling up after I had left.

Overall, I give high points to the patience of drivers in the Cool Springs area and how they're working out a system on their own to line up into the roadways. Stay clear-headed everyone. It does not look like this situation is going to get better any time soon.

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