When you are used to a gas station attendant filling up the gas tank of your car, it can be intimidating to think about doing it yourself.
However, it can be faster to pump your own gas, and most Americans no longer like gas stations with attendants.
When you rent a car, find out what kind of gas that car takes; leaded or unleaded, regular or mid-grade or premium.
You should familiarize yourself with all the features on the dashboard, especially the location of the gas gauge and the location of the button or lever that opens your fuel tank. It is usually right by the trunk release. I know from personal experience that it is very easy to embarrass yourself in a gas station when you are unfamiliar with the car you are driving.
It would be good if you also checked out which side of the car the gas tank is on because some gas pumps have short hoses. There is usually a little arrow near the gas gauge that points to the side of the car that the gas tank is on.
When you pull into a gas station, you need to choose the right pump, because different kinds of gas have different sized nozzles on the end of the hoses.
If anybody in your car is using a cell phone, ask him or her to turn it off. Some gas stations forbid the use of cell phones near their pumps, because there is a belief that cell phones can start fires in gas stations. There will be a sign on the pump if cell use is prohibited.
Speaking of signs on the pump, take a minute to read the instructions in order to ensure that things will go smoothly.
The convenience of self-service gas stations is speed and credit cards. After you park your car next to a pump (or at least put the car into “Park”) you swipe your credit card across the designated place or insert it, to prepay.
Instructions will pop up, not unlike the instructions we are used to when paying for parking in shopping malls. As soon as your card is approved, choose the grade of fuel you want, and press on that selection.
The pump will probably also take cash, and cash is more commonly used in Europe than in the USA.
Open your gas tank and put the cap someplace where you will remember it if it is unattached.
Don’t even think about choosing a cheaper fuel than the car is supposed to run on because the nozzle won’t fit into the tank.
Check to see that the meter is turned to zero. Select the right nozzle for the grade of fuel you have chosen. Remove the nozzle from the pump. In most pumps, a green light will come on. Then put the nozzle into the tank.
There might be a lever near the place where the nozzle was. If there is, lift it up to release the flow of gas.
Hold the gas nozzle and press the handle to start pumping gas. The pump will automatically stop when the tank is full. If you release the handle, the flow will stop.
When the gas gets to the top of the tank, you will hear a click and you can release the lever.
When the gas stops flowing, just pull out the gas pump and put it back into its holster. Sometimes you need to lower the lever to do this.
Put your gas cap back on. It is recommended that you hear it click three times to make sure that it is tight enough. The machine will, at this time, print out a receipt for you.
If you go to a full service gas station and don’t have to do any of the above, just let the attendant take care of it and remember that tipping is not expected. In the USA, there are only two states where you can’t pump your own gas, New Jersey and Oregon. In Oregon, it is illegal for consumers to even touch a gas pump!
You should be aware of germs. Compared to other public things you have to touch such as ATM machines and elevator buttons, gas station pumps are the dirtiest public place you can place your hands, so wash your hands as soon as you can after filling up.
Imagine yourself in a self-service gas station driving a really cool car. Now, mentally go through the steps to put gas into your car, using the phrasal verbs in the text about gas stations.fill up fit into gas up lift up pop up press on pull into pull out/simple_tooltip]
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FYI is an acronym, and an acronym is a word formed by combining the first letters of each word of a name, such as NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) that is frequently seen in the news. Another one you probably know is AIDS, which is an acronym for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Sometimes acronyms are pronounced as a word as in NATO and AIDS, and sometimes the letters are pronounced individually, such as FYI (for your information). And most of the time they are not even pronounced, as they are used mostly in social media, business communication and Internet. But we do hear CNN (Cable News Network) reporters saying ASAP frequently, which means As Soon As Possible and is hard to pronounce.
Sometimes acronyms become words, such as the word scuba. Everybody knows that word, but few know it started out as an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.
Another acronym that became a word is laser, which began as the acronym Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Most of us are very pleased that these two words became acronyms.
For now, try to incorporate FYI and ASAP into your daily communications, and don’t spend too much time remembering what AIDS and LASER and SCUBA really mean. But you should be able to recognize NATO as it has become a big issue in North America and Europe.
Here are six business acronyms that you should know if you are a businessperson, and maybe aspire to if you are in middle management. Which one would be the lowest stress and the highest salary?