Whether you’re gearing up for a road trip or visiting family and friends across state lines, pumping gas may seem like a daunting task for those of us who have never had to do it before. It is, of course, nothing to stress about because pumping gas it much easier than it seems. The first step is to pull the car up to the pump on the right side of the vehicle. Here’s a trick: usually, there will be an arrow next to the gas gauge on your dash which points to the side of the car on which you’ll find the tank.
Depending on the year, make, and model of your vehicle, your tank may either open on it’s
own of have a latch to open it. This latch is a button and is usually found next to the button to pop open the trunk on the lower left side of the steering wheel. The next important step is to turn off your engine. If you’re paying for gas with cash, make sure to take note of the pump number and tell the clerk inside how much cash and what pump number you are pumping from. If you are using a credit or debit card, the pump will accept these cards. You may need to enter your pin or signature
Next, remove your gas cap. Do not place the gas cap under the nozzle of the pump because the automatic shut off will not activate in case of emergency and is also illegal in some states. Place the pump in the tank and lift the lever underneath the pump, if required. In most cases, choosing regular gas will be sufficient to fill your tank. If your car requires premium or super, it is important to determine that prior to arriving at the gas station. Check the car’s manual. If the car needs premium gas, it will state that it is “required” or “recommended”.
Now for the part we’ve been anticipating— squeeze the fuel lever and continue to hold until
it stops automatically, if you have paid with cash. If you have not paid with cash and are not planning to fill it up, you will need to stop it on your own. However, it will stop automatically once it is filled if not. Lastly, place the pump in the holster and put your gas cap back on before closing the tank. You’ve done it! Pumping your own gas is quite a feat to conquer if you’re a Jersey Girl or even a first time driver! Remember that smoking cigarettes at a gas station is prohibited and the use of a cell phone is sometimes prohibited but always discouraged while pumping.
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