Monday, March 10, 2008

tips on filling your car

This is from a South African who has worked in petroleum for 31 years and has some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every litre. Really interesting and I shall certainly be following what he said! T

' Only buy or fill up your car in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the fuel, when it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your litre is not exactly a litre. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the petrol, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapours that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapour return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapour. Those vapours are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is, the more fuel you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. petrol evaporates faster than you can imagine. Petroleum storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the petrol and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every litre is actually the exact amount. Another reminder, if there is a fuel truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy, DO NOT fill up--most likely the petrol/diesel is being stirred up as the fuel is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. '

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good tips, but more fuel in the tank adds to the weight of the vehicle, thereby reducing fuel efficiency.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008  
Blogger Globalorama said...

makes a lot of sense.

Thank you.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008  
Blogger Jad said...

T, This is amazing post!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008  
Blogger MommaBean said...

Thanks, T. I always hate to go right before or after the reserviors are filled as it takes FOREVER for the gas to pump. Unfortunately, I never manage the half full thing as I'm always running to the gas station on empty :(. Too many beans, too little time, teehee.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008  
Anonymous kinzi said...

T, thank you for the info! I always fill up in the morning to avoid traffic, but good to know it has double the benefit. :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008  

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