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Picky petrol pump pickers... [Aug. 2nd, 2009|04:39 pm]
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Now I can fully understand that people prefer to use the pump that's on the
same side as their filler cap... I mean, I do the same.

However, I have to wonder at the people who would rather queue two or more
cars behind a pump than go to a free pump because the pump is on the "wrong"
side of the car.

The majority of petrol pumps will service either side of most cars, with
only huge cars and some independent petrol pumps being the exception.

So, if you're one of those people who would rather wait than stretch the
pipe - so to speak - then I would be really interested to know why.

[User Picture]From: kuzanagi_
2009-08-02 03:58 pm (UTC)
Random response since I saw this on your Facebook status update. I am one of those people who always uses the pump that is on the same side as the fuel cap, for two main reasons. One is not wanting to get fuel on myself, and one is not wanting to get fuel on the bodywork of the car. Most fuel nozzles dribble a bit, and diesel in particular smells rank. It's very viscous and if you get any on yourself or your clothes it is really difficult to get rid of the smell. Even though at most it would only be a bit of a splash I don't want any on the bodywork either. I also don't like having the fuel cable touching the car which it invariably does when you fill from the opposite side.

Edited so as not to sound like the Queen ;)

Edited at 2009-08-02 04:01 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: daz71
2009-08-02 04:22 pm (UTC)
Since I work in a petrol station I can add my own view on this despite not having a car any more. The positioning of the fuel cap on some cars do not lend themselves to allowing you to fill at the "wrong" pump without trailing the hose over bodywork, if at all. Estate cars tend to be problematic when trying to reach across.

Our garage doesn't have particularly long hoses and to get across you really have to tuck your car very close to the pump. Some two door sports cars have larger doors which won't even give you room to open the door if you get that close.

I've seen many people take four or five attempts to get their car close enough to the pump to be able to stretch the hose across to the "wrong side".

What confuses me is, when the forecourt is empty and someone pulls up on the "wrong side" by accident, why do they still take four or five attempts to line up their car rather than move to another pump?
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From: ext_194844
2009-08-02 05:33 pm (UTC)
I try sometimes to fill on the wrong side, but the car (volvo estate) doesnt lend itself well to that. My nearest is a 'big' BP garage where even if you get pretty close to the pump, it still doesn't reach well. The most recent time I tried I ended up with the nozzle upside down and it kept cutting out, which meant the fill took longer than if I'd waited for the right side.
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[User Picture]From: jena
2009-08-03 12:11 am (UTC)
It never even occurred to me to do that! I always just pull around so that I am coming at the pump from the correct side or wait in line behind whomever is at the pump. I might just try this... but then, I'm also both short and clumsy and suspect I'd manage to make a mess of it...
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[User Picture]From: brainlag
2009-08-04 12:26 pm (UTC)
My car's not "huge" but there's no way I can get the nozzle into my filler on the wrong side of pumps, and that's before you even consider you need an extra 1.5 foot of hose because the filler only accepts the nozzle when held at the correct angle.

Then there's the issue of petrol spillage and of course having a mucky hose all over my paintwork...
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