Are you making these mistakes at the gas pump?
When it comes to pumping gas, it’s pretty self-explanatory. You pay, stick the nozzle into the gas tank, pump, and go. However, did you know there are potentially dangerous mistakes that you could be making when you’re at the gas pump? Toyota of Orlando is here to tell you more and make sure that you’re safe every time you fill up at the gas station. Read on!
Toyota of Orlando’s tips for when you’re at the gas pump
Mistake #1: Topping off the tank
Some people like to “top off the tank” to squeeze those last few drops in when they’re getting gas. This is a bad idea, though – the automatic shut-off valves are there for a reason. Gasoline needs room to expand inside the tank so when you fill past the automatic shut-off valve’s “click”, you’re potentially putting too much gas into the tank. This can lead to too much pressure inside the tank and subsequently, a leak as the gas expands. Fill until you hear the click, then stop.
Mistake #2: Smoking at the gas pump
This seems like a no-brainer, but we still see people smoking at the gas pump. Gasoline is EXTREMELY flammable and all it takes is one little hot ash or tiny ember to start a big, dangerous fire. Put out your cigarette or cigar until you’re well clear of the gas pump.
Mistake #3: Getting in and out of the car
Did you know that every time you get in and out of your car, static electricity builds up a small charge on your body? This is especially true when it’s cold and dry out. If you go to grab the gas nozzle and that electricity sparks, you could cause a fire. It stinks to pump gas when it’s cold or wet outside, but resist the urge to get back into the driver’s seat while you wait for the tank to fill.
Mistake #4: Leaving your car running while you pump
NEVER leave your car running while you fill the tank with gas. When you leave it on, it’s putting off heat and static electricity – both of which can cause a fire when combined with gasoline or even gas vapors. Turn your car off and make sure you have your keys in hand before you fill up.
Mistake #5: Using your cell phone
We’ve got some good news – cell phones can’t cause fires at the gas pump (contrary to what some believe). What they can do, however, is distract you to the point where you overfill your tank or even drive off with the nozzle still in the tank. Put your phone away while at the gas pump, period.
Mistake #6: Not locking your doors or rolling your windows up
You should always close or at least crack your car windows at the gas pump as well as lock all of your doors. (Make sure you have your keys in hand!) Thieves find it easy to sneak into the opposite side of your car and steal your belongings while you’re distracted at the pump. Don’t be a victim – lock up!
Let our Orlando Toyota service techs answer your questions
Want more tips? Call Toyota of Orlando’s service center! We’re here seven days a week at (407) 298-4500 and our Orlando Toyota service techs are happy to give you any advice they can.