Pumping gas may be a normal activity for San Diego drivers, but that does not make it any less dangerous. Gasoline is volatile substance, which means you need to follow the proper safety procedures to ensure everything goes smoothly when filling up your vehicle.The insurance experts at Tri-Star Insurance recommend you keep these important safety tips in mind the next time you’re at the gas pump.
1. Turn Off the Car
A lot of drivers are guilty of keeping their car running while pumping gas, especially on a cold day. However, one stray spark from your car’s electrical system or fuel pump could cause a major fire. While the risks of pumping gas with the car running are relatively low, there is no reason you should take any chances.
2. Don’t Smoke
Gasoline is extremely flammable, which means it can catch fire in an instant if a lit cigarette comes into contact with it. Putting an open flame near gasoline should be avoided at all costs. Even if you are careful, you do not know where someone else may have spilled gas earlier in the day.
3. Discharge Static Electricity
Since gasoline is so flammable, a fire can occur from just one spark of static. You will most likely have an excess buildup of static electricity on your body after sitting in your car, so you need to discharge it before starting to pump the gas. Touching any metal portion of your car dispels any possible static electricity. You should also avoid reentering your vehicle while pumping so you do not gain any more static electricity.
4. Pay Attention to the Pump
Pumping gas can become such a routine activity that it may cause you to focus on other things. It may be tempting to use your phone or go inside the station for a snack while the gas is pumping, but that can put you and everyone else at the station in danger. Though most fuel pumps have a lock switch, the pump you are using may be defective and you risk a major gas spillage if you pump while not paying attention.
Driving safety isn’t limited to activity behind the wheel. For additional tips on how drivers can stay safe when on and off the road, or for a free quote on cheap San Diego auto insurance, contact American Tri-Star today. Call 619-272-2100 to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives.