How to Pump Your Gas

If the fuel in your tank is less than 1/4, you need to pump gas. Here are the tips for new drivers.

Step 1: Park at the pump

Check your gas tank lid location. Some cars have an arrow on the gas indicator on the dashboard to help you check out on which side of the car your gas tank is. Park your car so that your gas tank lid is facing the nozzle.

Step 2: Turn off the engine

Turn off the engine. It’s important to turn your car completely off when filling. Find your tank lid button and press it. (general near your brake or footbrake. If you can’t find it, check your manual)

Step 3: Pay for and select your gas

You can pay with a credit or debit card at the pump machine by yourself. Just insert the card and set the maximum money you want. You will need to enter your PIN number or the zip code associated with your card. Your card won’t be charged until you’re done pumping the gas and the total amount is determined.

You’ll typically have three types of gasoline to choose from: regular (87), mid-grade (89) and premium (91). Regular will usually be just fine unless you have a fancy car. If you are not sure about it, check your manual. (Don’t put diesel in your gasoline vehicles!)

Step 4: Pump the gas

Remove the fuel nozzle from the pump, remove your fuel cap once you’re ready to insert the nozzle into your tank. Insert the pump nozzle into the fuel filler.

Squeeze and hold the “trigger” of the gas nozzle to begin fueling. There usually will be a latch that can lock the trigger in place, so you don’t have to keep squeezing the entire time.

If you look at the pump’s screen, you should see a running tab of the cost of your gas, and the amount being dispensed. When the tank is full, the nozzle will automatically shut off.

Step 5: Return the gasoline gun and take your receipt

Carefully remove the nozzle from your gas tank and place it back in the pump. Put the cap back on the tank, make sure it’s sealed tightly, and close the gas tank door.

Then collect your receipt, if you want. Then you are ready to go!