Economy - Longevity - Performance
The #1 Source of TDI Information on the Web!
Forums Articles Links Meets
Orders TDI Club Cards TDIFest 2016 Gone, but not forgotten VAG-Com List Unit Conversions TDIClub Chat Thank You

Order your TDIClub merchandise and help support TDIClub

Go Back   TDIClub Forums > VW TDI Discussion Areas > Road Trips

Road Trips Discussions about road trips you have made with your TDI.

Thread Tools
Old August 17th, 2006, 08:17   #1
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Bay City, TX
TDI(s): 2005 Jetta
Fuel Economy: 40mpg lifetime, 58mpg best
Default Hurricane Katrina

I know this story is a little late but oh well.

Last summer I was in Biloxi, MS for cross-training and all was well. We'd seen a few tropical storms miss us but nothing major, however the week I was supposed to graduate just happened to be the week that Katrina paid us a visit. After all the wind, rain, and distruction I found myself sitting in a 95 degree school house sleeping on the floor for 4 days when they finally decided to let us go. So the scramble was on, people were trying to decide which routes to take to avoid the chaos and find fuel along the way.

I had to get back to Texas and since I-10 would be a lost cause I would head north to Jackson and then over to Dallas. I had a classmate from Hawaii riding shotgun because his flight out was cancelled and had never been on a road trip more than two hours, so I knew this would be interesting. I didn't know how far I would have to drive until I found a station with power, much less fuel, so I set the cruise at 55, rolled the windows down and just coasted. It was hot but I knew that I could drive a long a$$ way at this speed with the mileage I was getting, and seeing the 2 mile long lines at filling stations gave me plenty of reason to conserve fuel.

Jackson was in sight but wasn't looking good, the lines were just as long as i'd seen all day so I decided to push on, so far we had gone 180 miles on less than a 1/4 of a tank and I had plenty of fuel to keep going. Halfway through Louisiana I saw a truck stop with a shorter line so I pulled in and drove past the cars waiting praying the whole way that they had diesel. When I got to the front there was a policeman directing traffic and keeping the people from killing each other over a gallon of gasoline. I asked him if this station had diesel? He said "this car is a diesel?", "you're in luck, this station hasn't had gas for two days but he just received a diesel shipment a few hours ago." Fantastic news, I pulled in and filled up. I can't remember the exact numbers but I do remember that after all the slow driving and no A/C the little diesel pushed out 58mpg.

So kids, the moral of the story is: driving a diesel can save you from hurricanes and looters.

Last edited by lostime; August 18th, 2006 at 17:54.
lostime is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 17th, 2006, 13:20   #2
Veteran Member
iamatt's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Rosharon, Texas
Fuel Economy: 45

Yep. Glad you made it out ok. I had a similar situation while driving my diesel truck on the evacuation route to Austin. (Rita storm). What a nightmare, still think about it sometimes.
iamatt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 18th, 2006, 09:52   #3
No Exit
Veteran Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Herndon, VA

Cool... I was down there for retraining a few years back as well (i think it was the year before katrina). Didnt have quite the experience you did. Glad too since at the time I had my Toyota Tundra out there and I hauled my motorcycle down with me. 16 mpg... I wouldnt have gotten too far.
No Exit is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 14:28.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright - TDIClub Online LTD - 2017
Contact Us | Privacy Statement | Forum Rules | Disclaimer
TDIClub Online Ltd (TDIClub.com) is not affiliated with the VWoA or VWAG and is supported by contributions from viewers like you.
1996 - 2020, All Rights Reserved
Page generated in 0.15339 seconds with 10 queries
[Output: 54.65 Kb. compressed to 49.36 Kb. by saving 5.29 Kb. (9.67%)]