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Do you sit in your car while you are pumping gas?

When I fill up my car with gas I either stand by the car, wash my windshields, empty out any trash or make funny faces at my kids through the window. Today I was pumping gas and I saw two different women start pumping and then jump back in the car and sit there until it was done. So what do you do and why?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:13 PM on Mar. 30, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • well it is against the law for me to pump my own gas lol so yup I sit in my car. But when i lived in California, I normally stood by my car and washed the windows. I really dont miss pumping my own gas except when i am in a hurry and the employees are short handed.
    3_ring_circus_

    Answer by 3_ring_circus_ at 8:15 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

  • i stand outside holding the pump thing. i have a phobia, if its not being held, then i would think that its going to overfill and spew out. so, the only reason gas would be in my car, other than me pumping if my hub. and sometimes i get out, take dd to the bathroom, clean out trash, etc while he does that.
    mrsjosey1018200

    Answer by mrsjosey1018200 at 8:22 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

  • The gas station nearest us has a tv that automatically goes on when you start to pump.... I HATE THAT DAMNED TV. So I will clean out the car or sit in it.... anything to get away from that stupid commercial box.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:22 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

  • I've only done that when temperatures are below zero and the wind chill is really bad and I just can't take it anymore! Lol
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:22 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

  • Considering it takes less than two minutes to fill up, I wait it out, even when it's freezing (I live up north, so I do mean freezing). It can start a fire by static electricity if you get in and out of your car and the fumes catch.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:28 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

  • I stand there and hold the handle on the nozzle because otherwise nothing would come out.
    RhondaVeggie

    Answer by RhondaVeggie at 8:49 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

  • Anon 28 is on the right track. If you re-enter your vehicle, it can build up electricity and you can shock the gas pump when you remove it from the tank, thus causing a fire. The only time I get back in my car is when it's FREEEEEEZING out. I'm talking like -40. And typically I will watch the weather to see when it will be that cold so I don't have to deal with the temperature.
    clhadley

    Answer by clhadley at 8:50 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

  • NEVER GET BACK IN YOUR CAR WHILE PUMPING GAS......THE STATIC ELECTRICTY CAN CAUSE A FIRE.....PEOPLE READ THE WARING LABELS NO SMOKING 20 FEET DONT TALK ON UR PHONE OR SIT IN YOUR CAR.....
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:07 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

  • Yes I do during the winter months. I am not going to stand outside and freeze my ass off while the SLOW ASS pumps take 5 minutes to fill my car. To avoid the static shock, you simply place your bare hand on the metal hood of your car. I watched a whole documentary on this, and honestly am not worried about bursting into flames.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:28 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

  • Yeah, if it's cold I get back in. I'm not standing there in - 30 or colder temps. If it's nicer out though I'll clean my windows, check the oil or washer fluid. If you're worried about sparking and starting a fire (which has a very, very low probability of happening) then touch the door frame when getting out. You'll release any static build up before touching the pump handle.
    canadianmom1974

    Answer by canadianmom1974 at 9:29 PM on Mar. 30, 2010

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