For many of us it’s a weekly chore that can’t be avoided if we want to get to where we need to be.
A seemingly uncomplicated affair, the trip to the nearest petrol station can become quite tedious and many of us are on auto-pilot when topping up the tank.
But it seems some people are struggling with the common sense rules which should govern us all during this banal but necessary task, reports CoventryLive.
So here are five things you should never ever ever do, unless you fancy running the risk of sparking some serious pump-rage.
The weekly shop
Back in the day about the only thing you could buy after filling the tank was a can of de-icer and a packet of polos.
Those days are long gone.
Now, entire retail empires have popped up around the pumps.
Should the uncontrollable urge to knock out a Jamie Oliver dish grip you, the ingredients are probably all available at the petrol station.
But this is a big no no.
I’m sorry if you don’t have enough food for the kids’ lunch boxes tomorrow, but after filling your car this is not the time to browse the fridge section for lunchtime snacks.
If you must do a shop, pay for your petrol and move your car before going wild in the aisles.
Which leads us to…
Getting a brew
In a fairly new development, coffee franchises have started popping up within the aforementioned shops at filling stations.
Now, we like a brew as much as the next person, but abandoning your car at a pump while you wait in line for a frappa-cappa caramel nonsense drink is crossing the line.
If you come sauntering back to your car with your latte and a muffin while others have been waiting for you to move out of the way, expect a pretty fierce glare.
Again, pay for your petrol, move your car, THEN get your coffee.
You’ve filled up, paid the bill and returned to your car. So far so good.
But if think this is the moment to begin a prolonged accounting exercise, think again.
You shouldn’t be carefully filing away change or the receipt, however much you need it to claim your expenses.
Just stuff them in your pocket and organise them when you get to where you’re going; they’re not going to vanish, and you won’t be holding up the queue while you get your filing in action.
Pick a lane
When you first arrive on the forecourt it can be very disheartening to see every pump is in use.
But in these circumstances you just have to suck it up, pick one, and pull in behind the current user.
The five things you should never do when filling up your car
Do not sit and block the entrance to the station hoping to work out which pump might become available first.
You need to commit in the same way you have to pick a checkout in the supermarket.
Hanging around blocking the way for others is not acceptable, make your decision, then own it.
If you do get in line, then another pump comes free, that’s just tough. It is not the time to be performing 50-point turns in a mad-dash to get to the suddenly-free pump.
Put the phone down
If, as you arrive at the pump, you’re in the middle of a phone call – hands free of course – it’s time to end the conversation.
Sitting in your car having a natter while frustrated drivers wait behind is not cool.
If you must finish your conversation, park away from the pumps and let someone in who actually intends on getting the job done in the correct fashion go first.
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