How To Pump Gas

Pumping gas seems like a simple task, but there are certain steps you can follow to ensure you do it correctly and safely. Whether you are a new driver or just want to brush up on your skills, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of pumping gas like a pro.

1. Pulling Up to the Pump
When you pull into a gas station, be sure to choose the appropriate fuel grade for your vehicle. Turn off your engine and make sure your car is parked close enough to the pump so that the nozzle can reach your tank without any issues.

2. Opening Your Gas Tank
Locate the fuel door release lever inside your car usually found on the driver’s side near the door. Pull the lever to open the fuel door and access your gas tank.

3. Selecting the Fuel Grade
Before inserting the nozzle into your tank, select the correct fuel grade based on your vehicle’s requirements and preferences. Most pumps offer choices such as regular unleaded, premium, or diesel.

4. Inserting the Nozzle
Grab the nozzle by its handle and carefully insert it into your gas tank opening. Make sure it fits snugly to prevent any spills or leaks during refuelling.

5. Starting the Pump
Once the nozzle is securely in place, lift the lever on the pump handle to begin dispensing fuel into your tank. Some pumps may have a trigger that needs to be squeezed instead of a lever that needs lifting.

6. Filling Your Tank
While filling up, avoid overfilling your tank as it can lead to spills and potential damage. Most pumps have an automatic shut-off feature that stops dispensing fuel once your tank is full.

7. Monitoring Progress
Keep an eye on the pump display to track how much fuel you are putting into your tank and how much it costs. This will help you stay within budget and prevent overfilling.

8. Stopping and Removing Nozzle
Once you’ve finished fuelling up, allow any excess fuel to drain back into the pump before removing the nozzle from your tank. Be sure to hang it back properly before closing your fuel door.

9. Closing Up
Close your fuel door securely and double-check that everything is in place before starting your engine again.

By following these simple steps, you can pump gas correctly every time while ensuring safety and efficiency at the gas station.