How to Pump Gas Correctly to Save Fuel


Gas pump          Pumping your own gas to save fuel at a self serve station is a valuable skill. Pumping your own gas saves you money versus paying the extra amount to have the gas station clerk pump it for you. In addition you can get through the gas station quicker because you do not have to wait for the attendant. Follow these steps to pump gas correctly and save fuel so you will have more money in your pocket.

Step 1

Drive up to the gas station of your choice and pull up to a gas pump. Make sure that you drive the car with the side closest to the pump that has your gas tank cap. Many people always make this mistake and wind up have to turn their car around.

Step 2

If your vehicle is equipped with a gas pump cap release button inside the car then press this button now. If not manually open the flap yourself and unscrew the gas cap.

Step 3

Determine how you are going to pay for the fuel transaction. If you are going to pay cash inside then start pumping gas first. If you are going to use a credit card, then slide your credit card into the credit slot on the machine. Follow the prompts on the screen and enter your billing zip code if asked to do so. Also follow the instructions if asked whether or not you want a receipt for your transaction.

Step 4

When the fuel pump prompts you to remove the nozzle and select a Grade, select what grade of fuel you want. Usually you can choose either 87, 89, or 93 octane. Some gas stations offer 91 octane as well. If you have a diesel truck, then select the Diesel button.

Step 5

Take the fuel nozzle and insert it into your open gas tank as far as you can. This will prevent any spillage of gasoline onto the ground.

Step 6

Depress the gas nozzle level to dispense fuel into your gas tank. Hold the lever until either your desired price has been reached or the automated gas shutoff mechanism clicks the handle closed for you. This indicates that your tank is full and you should no longer continue to pump gas.

Step 7

Remove the gas nozzle from your tank and place it back in its handle. Wait for the machine to print your receipt if you requested one.

Step 8

Screw your gas cap back on. Make sure you hear 3 clicks before you stop screwing. These safety clicks indicate that you have properly sealed the gas tank to prevent gas vapors from escaping into the atmosphere.

Additional Advice

                   Never leave the fuel pump unattended with the gas nozzle in your car. This can be a hazard.

                   Shop around for the cheapest gas stations in your town.

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