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Old 12-22-2009, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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So...you start to pump your gas? Go into the store while pumping gas? While your car is running? Read the signs on the pumps....BY ORDER OF THE FIRE MARSHALL. Which means you were breaking the law by leaving the vehicle unattended and running. Just shut off you car. You putting not only yourself in harms way, but any innocent bystanders.
No, of course the car wasn't running. I would never pump gas with the car running. The pump was running, the car was just sitting there.
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Old 12-22-2009, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Rutland, VT
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The running engine thing is I think is more of a bumped into gear problem(70's children running around in the car w/out belts), or a drive off with the pump nozzle still in the tank problem. I can't see a running car setting anything on fire even a poorly maintained car.
Thanks. Must be my imagination. Or maybe I saw a TV show and thought it was a PSA.

My family wouldn't start the car until everyone was buckled in. I remember my friends thinking I was crazy because I'd get in their parents' cars and buckle right up. It's automatic.

BTW, filling my tank recently the auto-stop didn't work and it overflowed everywhere.
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:24 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Guess that's what they'll call 'back to work' programs in VT...
Ack, you beat me to it! Hey, it's one way to put an undergrad degree to work.
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Old 12-27-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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Auto-stops can, and do, malfunction, I certainly don't support the ridiculous fines but I, personally, would never go into the store while the gas was pumping.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Remebering this thread, I read the warnings on the gas pump when I was filling up the other day. One of the warnings was: "Do not leave pump unattended", "By Order of Fire Marshall". Didn't say anything about a fine though.
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:51 AM
 
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Remebering this thread, I read the warnings on the gas pump when I was filling up the other day. One of the warnings was: "Do not leave pump unattended", "By Order of Fire Marshall". Didn't say anything about a fine though.
Wonder how they define 'unattended' I often check the oil or refill washer fluid while pumping gas is that unattended or do you need to be further away? I know some states don't have latches and specifically prohibit sticking the gas cap in the handle. Doesn't matter I guess if you get fined...
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:54 AM
 
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I get really nervous around gas pumps. The risks are just too high, with kids buckled in, people smoking nearby, etc. I don't want to rely on my car or the pump to function properly 100% of the time. So I wait and pump for 2-3 minute to fill before going about the rest of my gas station needs.
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Rutland, VT
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I get really nervous around gas pumps. The risks are just too high, with kids buckled in, people smoking nearby, etc. I don't want to rely on my car or the pump to function properly 100% of the time. So I wait and pump for 2-3 minute to fill before going about the rest of my gas station needs.
That seems worthwhile. The time I was filling up and the flow lock failed, I was standing right there and gasoline still went everywhere before I could stop it. I can't imagine the mess if I'd been in the store.
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:15 AM
 
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Yeah, that happened to me once too so that is probably why I am super nervous. I don't want to put any other cars/families at risk either..
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Old 12-28-2009, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Rutland, VT
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Yeah, that happened to me once too so that is probably why I am super nervous. I don't want to put any other cars/families at risk either..
Which reminds me of something else. I've always been told, "Let the flow-lock tell you when the tank is finished filling. Don't keep pumping after it's stopped." I've always adhered to that.

Meanwhile, I see people at the pumps all around continuing to pump-click, pump-click long past the initial flow-lock.

So, is this true? Should I continue pumping no more after the flow-lock stops the gas?
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