Brent Saba (pictured), the Director of Training at Urban Hope Training Center, the Grace Brethren urban center in Philadelphia, unwittingly became the lead anecdote in a feature story this week. Here is an excerpt. To read the entire story, click on http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080601/ap_on_bi_ge/gas_prices_stranded_motorists;_ylt=AroShmm16Z4321SGSV7K7uPZn414
Brent Saba had just dropped a church group off at Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday morning and was heading north on Interstate 95 when it happened: His 15-passenger van ran out of gas.
Saba, a 24-year-old church pastor, made it to the shoulder just past the Ben Franklin Bridge and waited more than 30 minutes for someone to stop and lend him a cell phone. Then he waited a while longer for AAA to arrive with fuel.
With gas prices hovering at $4 a gallon, motorists like Saba are putting less fuel in their tanks — then coming up empty on the highway.
Though national statistics on out-of-gas motorists don’t exist, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that drivers unwilling or unable to fill ‘er up are gambling by keeping their tanks extremely low on fuel.