Common Gas Pump Habits You Should Fix Now
For as much time as we spend behind the wheel of our N Charlotte Toyota cars, we also (begrudgingly) spend a tremendous amount of time at the gas pump. There’s no better way to brighten your day than by watching your subtotal climb and climb knowing you’ll be back again before you know it. Pumping gas, while unfortunate and a bit of a headache, is an essential part of vehicle ownership that we can’t avoid. While we may abhor the gas pump, some of our habits while at the pump are even worse (and potentially life threatening). We forget that gasoline is highly flammable and not something to be approached lightly.
To keep you safe while pumping gas, Toyota of North Charlotte is here with a list of bad habits many engage in while pumping gas and why you should nip them in the bud ASAP!
We’ve All Done These Once or Twice
Getting Back Into Your Vehicle
Admittedly, many of us are guilty of this one. Getting back into your N Charlotte Toyota car to seek refuge or answer a phone call, or to just get away from the glaring transaction counter is easy to do while at the pump. But, doing so could pose a grave risk to you and those around you. Gasoline is highly flammable and needs but just a little spark to ignite. Cue static electricity. Every time you sit in your car and rub against the fabric you generate static electricity that could be transferred to the gas pump and cause a fire. If you decide to reenter your car, make sure to touch a metallic surface, like your vehicle’s door, before touching the gas pump again.
Smoking a Cigarette
This one goes without saying, but it’s dangerous with a capital D! Holding something that’s both hot and ignited near a highly flammable gas pump is highly dangerous. Pumping gas affords you time to do nothing, but smoking a cigarette is the last thing you should do. Word of advice? Wait until you’re well away from the gas pump before you smoke.
Forgetting to Put the Nozzle Back
We’re forgetful, it’s true! But, sometimes that forgetfulness can land us in deep trouble. Take driving away with the N Charlotte gas pump still attached to your car, for example. While gas pumps are designed with safety mechanisms that will stop the flow of fuel if the nozzle is compromised, you’ll likely be left with a pretty sizeable repair bill to take care of. Don’t forget to replace the nozzle as soon as you’re finished pumping gas!
Topping Off the Tank
How many of us are guilty of pumping gasoline even after automatic shut-off valve has activated? Whether you’re trying to get the dollar amount to a certain level or just want a little extra fuel in your tank, this is a dangerous practice. You could overfill your N Charlotte car’s gas tank and cause a leak. At the end of the day, trust the nozzle!
Spending time at the gas pump can be a real drag, but not something you should take lightly. Stay safe by putting a stop to these bad habits now! If you need more tips on how to pump gas safely, reach out to us at Toyota of Clermont! We’re located at 16851 State Road 50 and open seven days a week.