Recently, I stopped to fill up my tank on my way to work. As I was pumping my gas, someone pulled up, got out of their SUV, left it running and started pumping his gas. It struck me as odd that he would do this considering there were signs everywhere warning him against such a thing.

I wondered if it was really a legit warning. If he wasn't paying attention to the warning signs at the gas station, why was I? After all, it WAS cold outside. I would have liked to have kept my car running too. But should I?

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Don't Leave the Engine Running

Make sure <b>you put your vehicle in park</b> and turn the engine off before pumping gas. 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.


According to Readers Digest, these are the more things you should avoid doing at the gas station .

  • Smoking a cigarette
  • Re-entering your vehicle while it's fueling
  • Driving away with nozzle still attached
  • Using your cell phone at the pump
  • Toping off the tank
  • Not locking your car doors
  • Using credit or debit cards 
  • Splashing gas unto your skin
  • Pumping gas into a unapproved portable container
  • Inhaling gasoline fumes
  • Leaving your car on while you pump
  • Putting diesel fuel into unleaded tank
  • Not paying attention to warning sign

Find out the whys, HERE.

More things to know that you should and shouldn't do when pumping gas.

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