How to Fill Up Your Car at the Petrol Station

If you've just passed your test, then you're probably feeling nervous about going out for the first time by yourself. You've probably never had to worry about filling up the car with petrol during your time with your driving instructor in Edinburgh. You've seen relatives and friends fill up with their cars, and you've probably never really thought much about it. However, you're going to have to do it yourself now you've passed your test.

You Learn a Lot as a Student, But Not Filling the Car With Fuel

There are plenty of other things you'll need to learn along the way now you're a new driver, many of which you'll have gone over with your driving instructors in Edinburgh, such as car maintenance and what to do in the event of a breakdown. Filling your car with petrol however, isn't something you'll have had much time to go over, unless you've gone out with relatives or friends, and even then you won't have had to do it with just yourself in the car.

There are a few things you need to keep in mind when you go to fill your car up and in this post, we're going to go through them, so you can fill up your car and make it the most stress free experience possible.

Type of Fuel?

Make sure you know what type of fuel your car uses. It's either petrol or diesel, and if you don't make sure you know this before you fill up, you could damage your car by running the wrong type of fuel. Consult the handbook that came with your car if you're unsure.

Which Side of Your Car is the Fuel Cap On?

When you're about to pull up to the pump make sure you know beforehand which side of the car your fuel cap is, because you could find yourself in the embarrassing position of having to either re-enter, or make several failed attempts at trying to stretch the pump round to your fuel cap.

How Do You Open The Fuel Cap?

If you're unsure as to how to open your fuel cap, then check first, e.g. handbook. It may be either a car key or a lever. If you find this out beforehand, you can avoid keeping drivers behind you waiting while you fumble around trying to find out how to open it.

Do You Know Where Your Nearest Petrol Station is?

Make sure you know where the nearest petrol station is and always keep an eye out for the amount of fuel you have left in your tank. Think about how long its going to be before you reach another one and that you always have enough fuel for journeys.

Filling the Tank

When you get to the petrol station, remember it's just like everybody else does it, pull up at the pump nearest your fuel cap, undo it, take the nozzle and insert it into the cap and pull the lever until you see that the fuel has started to flow. Make sure you keep an eye on the counter and check volume and price, you'll know how much you want to spend, so stop when you reach it. If you're filling the tank then carry on until it's full, whereby the pump will automatically stop.

Pay and Go

It's then simply a case of paying for what you've taken, locking your car and paying for it at the checkout. Sometimes you can pay at the pump with your car, or you may need to go to a checkout stand. All you'll need to do is let the checkout assistant know your pump number and then you can make you payment.

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