How to avoid putting the wrong fuel in your car
So what’s the best way to avoid misfuelling? Well the obvious answer is: always fill your tank with the correct fuel….
But as we know, that’s easier said than done. Hence, why this service exists.
There are many reasons why people accidentally put the wrong fuel in their car. Some of the most common reasons are:
- You’ve borrowed someone else’s car
- Your family or household has more than 1 car
- A rental car uses a different type of fuel than what you’re used to
- Your company has pool cars or car sharing
- Or your mind is simply on other things
So while no one is perfect and innocent mistakes are bound to happen from time to time, there are some tips and tricks we can use to reduce the chance of accidents at the petrol pumps…
1. Check the fuel door
Most cars in Norway have a label inside the fuel door with information on the type of fuel the car uses. Always check this label if you’re not sure what fuel to use. If your car doesn’t have such a label just have one made and stick it inside the fuel door for an easy reminder every time you fill up.
2. Avoid distractions
When pulling into a petrol station, cut out distractions, take a minute to think and focus. For the few minutes it takes to refuel, put your mobile phone away and give your full attention to the task at hand. It’s a habit that’ll pay dividends.
3. Refuel when you’re relaxed
Whenever possible avoid refuelling when you’re hungry, stressed or in a hurry. When your mind is somewhere else, you’re more likely to slip up and misfuel.
4. Install a misfuelling device
If you drive a diesel car you can get an easy to install device that stops the narrower petrol nozzles accidentally entering your diesel tank. The device clips into the hole, and the opening mechanism only works with diesel nozzles.