Diesel v Petrol, choosing a new car

This time next week I will be getting ready to collect my new car.

This year I had some extra decisions to make, my current car is Diesel and although i’ve been very happy with it the news of diesel pollution and implementing extra costs has made me think twice about getting another.  I’m writing this in collaboration with forum insurance, I decided to do a bit of my own research, although nothing is certain, charges and taxes have been discussed.

what’s in store for diesel drivers?

27 cities may bring in diesel charges for drivers. Emissions surcharges, extra parking fees and even high diesel taxes.

Speaking in The Guardian Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, predicts price falls. “Will all diesels be worthless in five years? Most unlikely. Will some of them be worth significantly less than they otherwise might have been? Almost certainly.”

So now I will have a petrol car I’m wondering ‘what happens when you put diesel in a petrol engine’, you know, just in case.        I found some tips:

1. Do not turn on your engine

You might not realise that you’ve put the wrong fuel in your car until you’re halfway down the road and your engine suddenly starts to lose power. However if you realise that you’ve used the wrong fuel before you’ve turned the engine on, then you’re in luck. This is because the moment you turn the engine on the fuel is drawn up into the system, further damaging your engine.

2. Calculate how much of the wrong fuel you have put in

When you realise that you’ve used the wrong fuel, try to calculate how much you’ve pumped in. If it’s less than 10% of the tank capacity you should just be able to top up with the correct fuel and drive away. However, if you’re unsure how much you’ve pumped in it’s always better to be safe than sorry and get the entire tank drained

3. Call for assistance (The one I would choose)

Last but not least, call your breakdown service, this job really needs a professional, so always call a reputable service to get you back on the road as fast as possible.

I’m probably being over cautious as I’ve never put petrol in the diesel car even though I worried I would.

Although the days of the petrol attendant have, in the main, gone, the modern petrol stations have pumps that are well signposted with colour coded fuel lines, all reminders as we fill up.

So hopefully I’ll enjoy driving my petrol car as much as I did the diesel and I won’t regret making the change.


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