This year I'm going to make the most of my uni holidays. I always wanted to learn the guitar, but last holidays I just slept in every day and went out each night instead. So I'm starting this blog to show my progress as well as taking some professional lessons to help me stay motivated with learning the guitar. Hopefully, by the time that uni goes back, I'll be good at guitar and able to show my mad music skills off at parties and get-togethers. This should be a good read for anyone who wants to get motivated this holidays.
So, you've taken your driving lessons and just passed your driving test, and now you're eager to hit the road by yourself. One of the first things you'll have to do is fill up the tank of your car, so just follow the four tips below to make sure you do it right.
1. Remember Which Side the Fuel Cap is On
Do you know which side of the car your fuel cap is on? It's seems like such a small detail that many new drivers completely forget to consider it, but you really need to know before you go to top up the vehicle. If you park with the pump on the opposite side, you might not be able to get the pump all the way around. Even if you do, it's likely to be a little embarrassing. You'll often have to reverse out and try again.
2. Know How to Open the Cap
Okay, now you know where the fuel cap is, but do you know how to open it? Some fuel caps will have to be opened using the keys; others will spring open when you pull a lever inside of the vehicle. Check which method is applicable before topping up. You don't want a queue of impatient drivers waiting for you to figure it out at the station.
3. Check the Fuel You're Using!
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is not finding out whether your car runs on petrol or diesel. Whether you've just been given it by parents, rented it for your first solo journey, or even purchased it yourself, this vital information can slip from your mind. If you do fill up with the wrong fuel and then start driving, you're going to cause significant mechanical damage. You'll mostly find that petrol pumps are green and diesel pumps are black, but always read each one to make sure.
4. Don't Worry About 'Overflowing'
When you first top up your car, you might be worried about putting in too much fuel. After all, you can't see inside to gauge how full the tank is, so what's to stop that fuel streaming out after the tank becomes full? Luckily, this isn't something you need to worry about. Inside the tip of each nozzle is a small hole which leads into a thin pipe and back towards the handle. When the tank isn't full, air can flow through it. When the fuel-level gets high enough to block that airflow, the pump will automatically turn off.