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What Not to Do When Pumping Gas

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Fueling up at the gas station is a common occurrence for most drivers, and since it’s such a familiar task, you might not be prioritizing your safety as much as you should. To keep gas station stops problem-free, it’s best to avoid the following activities, according to Family Handyman writer Rachel Brougham.

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Letting your car run while you’re fueling up isn’t a smart move.

“You should also switch off any auxiliary 12-volt power sources such as phone chargers and cigarette lighters because, while rare, they can be a potential igniter of a fuel fire,” writes Brougham.

Overfilling your gas tank will just cause a dangerous spill and paying attention to your cellphone takes your focus off the task at hand. It also poses a slight chance of creating an electrical spark.

Letting your children out of the car while you pump gas will put their safety at risk; they’re safer inside the car.

“Not only will this help them stay away from toxic fumes, but it will help you keep your attention focused on what you’re doing,” writes Brougham. “Of course, never leave children alone in the car if you have to walk away from the pump.”

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Smoking near the gas pump or lighting matches or igniting a lighter is extremely dangerous (and stupid).

“If you do experience a fire when refueling, back away from the vehicle. Leave the nozzle in place and notify a gas station employee right away,” adds Brougham.

News Source: The Family Handyman