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Five Weird Ways You Could Fuel Your Car!

Have You Considered These Wacky Ways Of Powering Your Motor?


With the cost of petrol and diesel seemingly always on the rise, filling your car up can be an expensive business, and a huge source of frustration for drivers. Whilst there is often very little you can do about it, there are some people out there that have decided to take matters in to their own hands and find alternative ways to power their chosen method of transport.

Here are some of the most bizarre, weird and downright strange ways people have fuelled their cars in recent times – from coffee to an actual live horse!

Check out the infographic below.

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We’re not sure that any of these methods will ever catch on, but it goes to show the lengths that some people will go to, to avoid having to fill up at the petrol station, and with the amount of coffee we drink in the UK now, and the amount of sewage we produce, who knows, we could be driving around in one of these vehicles in the future!

Fuelling your Car

Fuelling your car, van or motorbike nowadays is pretty straight forward…you drive to the nearest petrol station, select petrol or diesel, and pump your chosen fuel in to your car until you reach the top.

Now granted, there are different types of unleaded petrol to choose from which may or may not be better for your engine or give you more miles per gallon, but it’s not that difficult. And yes, sometimes if you’re in a hurry or you’ve recently got a new car with a different fuel type to your old one, you can get mistaken and put petrol in your diesel car or vice versa. If this happens it can ruin your day and be quite costly to get your petrol tank drained, and you’ll definitely miss any appointments you were planning on driving to that day!

Don’t worry though, you’re not alone! It’s estimated that on average, someone in the UK puts the wrong type of fuel in their car every three and a half minutes.

If you do accidently put the wrong fuel in your vehicle, you need to act quickly to prevent any lasting or extensive damage being caused to your vehicle. Whatever you do, do not put your key in the ignition or switch on the engine.

What happens if you put petrol in a diesel car?

As well as fuelling the car and making it go, diesel also lubricates the fuel pump and other components to make them run smoothly. Petrol on the other hand has the opposite effect, increasing friction between the various engine parts and will end up causing damage to the pump and the fuel lines. Moving the car or even just starting the engine with petrol in your diesel car, could cause damage to your engine resulting in a hefty repair bill.

What happens if you put diesel in a petrol car?

Most petrol cars are made with a fuel neck that is smaller than a diesel pump nozzle, so actually getting diesel in to a petrol-powered car might be more difficult to do which is good news. However, if you do manage to accidently fill up your diesel car with petrol, then it isn’t quite as bad as putting petrol in a diesel, but it is still going to cause you a problem. The likelihood is that you won’t even be able to start your engine, so you won’t be able to cause the same kind of damage as wrongly filling a diesel, however you will still need to get it sorted asap.

What should you do if you’ve used the wrong fuel?

First-things-first, do not start your engine or even put the key in the ignition.

If you manage to realise your mistake before starting your car, you should follow these steps:

  1. Report it to the petrol station so they know what’s happened and why you’re not moving your car;
  2. Make sure the vehicle is in neutral gear;
  3. Push the car to a safe place where it is not in the way or causing an obstruction;
  4. Call your insurance broker straight away to let them know;
  5. If you have a Breakdown insurance policy, then give them a call and they will be able to help you drain your tank and flush it for you.

If your luck is so bad that you don’t realise in time, and you do manage to drive off the petrol forecourt, you’ll find out soon enough as your vehicle starts playing up and eventually grinds to a halt. In this instance you would need to report it as a standard breakdown and you should call your Breakdown insurance provider.

Your Breakdown policy will most likely ensure you’re able to be towed to the nearest garage, but whether it will cover you for misfuelling is a different matter, as policies, and what they cover, can differ from provider-to-provider.

One way of making sure that you never put the wrong fuel in your vehicle again is to get an electric car!