How to Avoid a Gas Spill While Pumping Gas in Amarillo
Driving a car is a privilege and with great power comes great responsibility.
When you learn to drive, you learn all the other things that come with driving a car. That includes making sure to check your tires to see if they are low and air them up if they are low. How to check the oil. How to change a tire.
Oh, who am I kidding most people that drive a car today don't have any clue on how to do any of that stuff.
However, the one thing they should know how to do is pump gas. Ironically, some people don't, in fact, a former co-worker had never pumped gas in her life till she moved to Texas at the age of 30.
Pumping gas is pretty simple, you pull up to the gas pump, and make sure you pull up where your tank is by the pump. Insert your card, or go pay at the register, take off your gas cap, put the nozzle in your tank, choose what type of gas you want, and pump away. When that is done, remove the nozzle, put the nozzle back on the pump, put your gas cap on, and close the door to your gas tank. Get in your car and drive away.
Oh no that's not what happened last night. A person at the Toot N Totum near 34th and Coulter forgot one BIG step. They forgot to take the nozzle out of their tank and drove off with it still attached and apparently forgot to let the gas stop pumping as well.
Due to this error, there was a gas spill of about 40 gallons of gas. Gas prices in this area are about $3.38 per gallon. That's about $135.20 if wasted gas, Not to mention the danger it caused just spewing out of the ripped hose. Luckily, an employee got to the emergency shutoff in time.
The best way to avoid things like this in the future is don't get distracted while pumping gas. Stand next to your gas tank while the gas in pumping and when you hear the pop and click, put the nozzle back on the pump. It's that easy.
Luckily no one was hurt, except for the person having to pay for driving off with the nozzle and hose.