Check our some dos and dont's for filling up at the pumps!
Check our some dos and dont’s for filling up at the pumps!

Fueling up should be easy but often a trip to the pumps  leaves me feeling more empty than my car was on the way in.  It amazes me how I can find more idiots per square metre in the vicinity of a fuel station than anywhere else on my journey.

Maybe we need to include filling station etiquette in the driver theory test? In the meantime if you are  the driver who goes in to pay for fuel but ends up on a twenty minute shopping spree while chaos ensues outside at the pumps, then you really need to read my dos and don’ts of fueling up!

Speed in and brake suddenly at the pumpDrive in slowly and keep an eye out for pedestrians
Park your car so far away from the pump that no one can use the other pumpsPull up close to the pump and make sure you can see the screen
Get stuck at the out of order pumpTurn off the ignition before fueling up
Hit the pump on the way in/outFill your car with the correct fuel
Light a cigaretteClose the fuel cap securely
Leave the engine runningMove your car where it can’t obstruct others if you want to go on a shopping spree
Let fuel drip onto you or the paintworkLock your car before going into pay
Go into the shop to pay and emerge twenty minutes later after a shopping spreeWipe fuel off your hands and paintwork
Forget to payPay up
Get locked in the toilet!Smile and say thank you to the cashier!

Do all that and you have just negotiated a very good trip to the fuel station.

Caroline Kidd