Top Fuel Filling Myths You Need to Stop Believing

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Posted On Sep 06 2019

Fuel Filling MythsMyths are part of life. Someway or the other everyone has got myths they believe in. Whether it be on dinner, or at home, the conversation takes a turn to some half-known truth that people understand. Every sector has got its myths. In the fuel sector, there are loads of off-repeated myths.

Four common fuel filling myths

There are the most common fuel filling myths about the petrol pump. Though they may surprise you, they have got some factual basis.

1. An explosion may occur by the use of a mobile phone at the petrol pump

This myth has got a spark truth as there is a sign at shoes, warning people not to use phones while filling their car. But as there was no confirmation about the myth being a reality. We made a call to the Australian mobile Telecommunication Association for help. Coming to our surprises was a report presented by AMTA. It stated that 243 fire reports at the petrol station were reported between 1993 to 2004.

The people believed that mobile phones were the reason for the fire. But after the investigation results came out, this myth turned out to be false. Mobile phones were not the reason for the light.

The idea behind the fire was the static electricity discharged from the human body. In 1991 shell oil, a petroleum company investigated and studied about the myths surrounding the mobile phones. The result stated that the radiofrequency energy emitted from a phone is too low to be of any danger.

It was even noted that a phone could only be of risk if it has a defective battery. A report came out, with the real reason for banning phones on the station. The report stated it was to prevent the distraction of the drivers.

2. Fill up your tanks in the morning for better mileage

 As per the fuel filling myths, if you fill up your receptacle in the morning, it will give you better mileage. As the fuel cools down overnight, its consistency gets dense and per litter octanes increases. There are no reports for it to be accurate, and the answer remains to be tricky.

There was an investigation conducted. It states that the station has underground storage tanks for storing the fuel. The containers act like a big flask, that insulates the fuel from varying temperature. In Canada and Hawaii, there are fuel temperature regulation laws.

Due to which fuel is available to the public at 26°C degree instead of 15°C in Hawaii. There may be some truth behind this myth. Its application, i.e., providing better mileage and saving money can be checked with time.

 3. Allowing your fuel to run low is bad for your engine

This myth is entirely false, and the reports stated it to be absurd. The motive or the concept behind it is quite different from the myth. When you drive your vehicle on the fumes, your engine will start in taking rubbish or sediment-littered fuel present at the bottom of the tank. But the fuel tanks are specially designed for this purpose.

Thus, the engine picks up the fuel from the bottom of the containers, which means it can anytime draw fuel. The result is contrary to the belief. It states that when your fuel is low, then the quality of the fuel which the engine uses is like the one when the tank is full.

 The accusations or the myths surrounding the pumps were thus found to be false. There is a scientific reason or some other reason present for these events. Stay away from these myths and stop believing them.

4. Country petrol prices are always higher than in the city

With fewer petrol retailers in regional areas, competition is often quite low, so there’s little incentive to lower costs. While this leads to long periods of relatively steady prices, local prices do drop below Adelaide prices.

There are times when Adelaide price peaks are substantially higher than regional rates. Michael advises regional drivers coming to Adelaide to check city prices to see if it’s cheaper to fill up at home.