Us women have a lot to think about each day. Taking the kids to school, planning dinner, work and doing the housework are never far from our minds on a daily basis so it’s little wonder that we slip up occasionally. It’s all too easy to drift off when taking care of every day tasks but make sure that you’re switched on when it comes to refilling your tank. Putting the wrong fuel into your car is an easy mistake to make but it can be a pretty costly one. Here’s what to do if you slip up.


Don’t turn the ignition on with the wrong fuel in it

…and don’t start the engine. Don’t even be tempted to drive for a few minutes. If you do, it causes the incorrect fuel to circulate around the fuel system, which will more than likely cause more damage to the car.

Already started the car with the wrong fuel in it?Fuel pump nozzles

You won’t get too far without realising that something is up. The car may cut out on you and it’s more than likely that you won’t be able to start it again. If you are very near a garage go there, if not pull over safely straight away.

Is your car under warranty?

Call the manufacturers helpline as soon as possible and they can advise you.

Do you have breakdown cover?

If so, it’s time for a call out. They may be able to come out to you directly. If you’re not a member of the RAC, the AA or an equivalent, it may be a good time to start thinking about joining, because you never know when you may need help and it really does give you piece of mind.

Out of warranty and no breakdown cover?

You’re still going to need to call a local dealer or garage to get some help. Ideally, you need to drain the incorrect fuel and replace it with the correct one before you can even think about starting the car.

Don’t be embarrassed to phone the experts and admit the problem. Putting the wrong fuel into the car is a mistake that’s quite common.

  • Anna Vaccaro