You May Be Paying For Gas, And Leaving It Behind. That's right; you could be losing a fortune by trying to get that extra bit in because it is pennies cheaper at this gas station.
If you try to overfill your gas tank by squeezing that extra bit of gas in after the pump has clicked off it could be going back into their tanks.
Let me explain.
The fuel pump at the gas station has a venting system which takes the fumes
out of the air as you fill up you tank. If this did not happen you would get
a face full of noxious fumes every time you fill up.
If you try to get more in after the pump has clicked off, it may suck some of
the fuel into the venting system instead and back into their tank.
Also, when you put the gas in your tank it is coming from buried storage
tanks and is colder than if it was stored above ground. What this means is
that as the gas warms up to the temperature of the day it expands.
If you overfill you tank and then park your car up, the fuel may go into the
cars fuel tank breather system and cause unknown damage or even leak from the
breather onto the floor. Now along with the wasted fuel you also have a fire
hazard. (Is you insurance up to date?)
For you pocket and you safety I recommend that you stop filling when the gas
If you are going away on holiday, or business, early in the morning and think
it would be quicker to fill up the night before it may be wise to think again.
There are many 24 hour gas stations.
As fuel is sold by volume it will be colder, early in the morning and as the
day gets warmer it expands and you get less for your money.
It will only take minutes to fill up in the morning and gives you enough time
to remember things you forgot to pack (where's the kids?) before travelling
If you are driving for a long distance it would be a good idea to use your
cruise control as often as possible. A smoother speed will be more
What about all the clutter in your car? It all adds weight and means more
gas is used. If you need to carry a full toolkit around in your trunk then it
is time to think about replacing your car. Clear out the stuff you don't
need (Compact discs, half empty pop bottles, Taylor Swift tapes, those old papers
you were going to take to recycling). A tidy car makes you feel good too.
When you are driving does your steering wheel pull to one side or the other.
The wheel alignment may need checking. If the alignment is out it will cause
the tires to drag on the road and you will use more gas.
Also the tires will wear out extremely fast, usually on one side. The
handling of the vehicle will also be affected.
So for safety and economy get your alignment checked regularly.
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