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British Columbia

Joined:Apr 2009
Message Posted: Aug 14, 2013 8:31:08 PM

So the trip cost calculator is really good but is the any way to have it schedule fuel ups before the tank is almost empty.

Like it does fuel ups literally just before I'd run out of fuel. I have a diesel car and I always want to fuel up like 100km (60 mi) before my tank is empty.
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Champion Author San Jose

Joined:Jul 2001
Message Posted: Aug 15, 2013 11:47:14 PM

I imagine an ideal version that (optionally) works interactively: for each station that you stop at, you do a "virtual fill" and the system determines what stations are now within driving range from there. If the next low-priced station on your route is less than the full distance, and is cheaper than your current one, you'd then have the option of changing it to only a partial fill so that you can top it off at the cheaper station instead.
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Champion Author Tampa

Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: Aug 15, 2013 9:43:56 PM

Actually, I would just break my trips into smaller pieces if they would let me say I want to see ALL the stations below X amount along the way. I stopped using the calculator as it was not helpful in deciding WHERE to fill up - just showing me approximately how much the trip costs.
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Champion Author Maryland

Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Aug 15, 2013 8:43:23 PM

While the trip calculator is simplistic in nature (i.e., choose if you want to minimize how many stops you have to make or choose if you're willing to make more stops in order to maximize your savings along the way), what you can do, instead of accepting the vehicle's standard miles per gallon city/highway/average is to enter your own miles per gallon, with a lesser amount and/or indicate that you have a smaller gas fuel tank than you actually have. That "forces" the calculator to determine when to get fuel sooner than you actually need to.

It seems to me that it would be somewhat difficult programming to enable each and every user of the trip calculator to enter arbitrary points at which they want to fill up (i.e., you at the "I want to fill up at 100 kilometers before I'm empty", me at the "I want to fill up at the 30 miles before I'm empty", the next person at the "I want to fill up when I'm at a half or quarter tank left", etc.).

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