When thinking about planning a trip there is always one thing I like to plan out, where can I stop. Not only for a break, if the journey is long, but also so I know that if petrol is running low I won't get caught out.
Finding the nearest petrol station to you these days, even when in unknown territory is a lot easier than it used to be. Thanks to satellite navigation and smartphones being able to quickly and easily pull up nearby locations, as well as get directions.
Of course, it isn’t just route planning that has evolved when it comes to petrol stations. They themselves are something that has changed dramatically over the years and I'm not just talking about the rising price of petrol. Once upon a time, it was a place to just fill up. Now it is a place where you can also grab milk, bread and more essentials, making your journey a little more comfortable.
These days it isn't just petrol station patrons that need to be careful, so do those who own the area and making sure they have appropriate insurance for petrol forecourts is a must.
However, no matter where you are stopping and why you always need to make sure you are safe, so here are a few top tips of mine:
Make Sure Your Keys are Safe.
This is particularly important when you are driving alone, after all, if you leave the keys in the ignition it only takes a second for someone to jump in and drive off with your car.
Don't Light Up.
If you are a smoker then this one is for you. Never light up at a petrol station, you are surrounded by highly flammable liquid and you’re putting not only yourself but others in danger if you do.
Keep Your Personal Belongings Safe.
If you have a passenger around to keep an eye on your personal belongings then great. If you don't however, then make sure you either keep them with you or lock them in the car, safely out of sight.
How do petrol stations play a part in your journey planning, do you see them as more than just a place to top up your vehicle?
*This is a collaborative post.
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