The Most Important Stop on the Road

The Most Important Stop on the Road

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.

The Most Important Stop on the Road

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?

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This article has 56 comments

  1. Margaret gallagher

    Time after time I see people leaving valuables in plain site
    Some people never learn

  2. Ladies Pass It On

    I love planning a stop en route! We have kids so it needs a play area and I am a sucker for the little gift shops ha! Great tips!

  3. Mummy Times Two

    So true, I suppose it’s one part of our trip we don’t think out fully, yet without the humble petrol station we really would struggle!

  4. Alli Smith

    You would think people would know not to smoke while pumping gas but I see it often. It’s crazy! I’m even more cautious when I’m traveling alone and need to make a stop for bathroom breaks or to fill up the car with gas.

  5. candy

    Even while putting gas in the car I always lock the doors and make sure the keys are on me. Never leave my purse where is is visible. Heard to many scary stories to not play it safe.

  6. Amber Myers

    Great tips! When I’m pumping gas I always have my purse with me. I’ve heard way too many horror stories about robbers opening the car door and running off with valuables. So the purse stays on my arm as I pump!

  7. Jeanette

    These are all great tips! I think I am hyper aware of my environment when I’m at the gas station. I keep my purse with me and I take the keys and put them in my pocket.

  8. Sarah Cooper

    Some great tips!

  9. HeidiDee

    I definitely agree with these tips! I’ve come across some really sketchy places in my travels!

  10. Emma Walton

    My husband always make sure he has enough diesel for the journey there and back before we go!

  11. Melanie

    Agree with all these fab tips. Still so many people light up not thinking about the danger. Great to see you highlighting this as a key point πŸ™‚ x

  12. Pam

    Definitely don’t light up at the gas pump. I have heard so many horror stories about people doing that.

  13. Jenn

    These are great tips. I’ve stopped and been so tired that I totally forgot my keys in the car while using the rest room. Lucky for me, my car was still there when I returned.

  14. Teresa

    My kids see gas stations whilst traveling as a place to get snacks. I never allow my kids to eat junk food at home, but when we are traveling and we stop at a gas station, they are allowed to get snacks inside – the most favorite part of the trip ow.

  15. Kita Bryant

    Keys, kids, etc. Gotta keep an eye on all of it. Can never be too careful.

  16. Maurene Cab

    I remember my grandpa telling me how tough it is to find petrol during a long travel. Indeed, technology has made our lives easier.

  17. Jaime Nicole

    These are really great safety tips. It always blows my mind when I see people smoking at the gas station.

  18. Stephanie

    I completely agree with your points. It is more important to be safe. Only we can safeguard own belongings, no one else will do that for us πŸ™‚

  19. Baby Isabella

    Great crime prevention advice. It’s amazing the amount of crime happens at motorway services and petrol stations. Scary x

  20. Ana De- Jesus

    I always like to make sure my valuables are safe because you never know who is watching. As for leaving the key in the ignition it is important to check that you haven’t x

  21. Anosa

    Now that I have a car petrol stations are now part of my journey to and from. I like your tips

  22. Ali Rost

    My husband and I love taking road trips, especially in the summer. It’s funny because we have our favorite places to stop for gas and stretch our legs. We always choose places with safety in mind. They have to be well lit, have a nice place for the puppies to get out, and snacks (of course, I’m all about the snacks)! x

  23. Emma Spellman

    If I see someone smoking at the gas station I leave. It freaks me out and I fear for the worst. They are putting their life and everyone else’s in danger. These are great road trip tips!

  24. angela milnes

    These are all great tips and I really love to plan to stop routine when we are on the long travel.

  25. Debra Hawkins

    My kids are always looking forward to the next station when we are on a road trip. We love a good road trip in our family!

  26. Rhian Westbury

    I use petrol stations as a chance to grab a drink and a snack on longer journeys as well a place to fill up x

  27. My Teen Guide

    People who light a cigarette at petrol stations are crazy and irresponsible. That is the most dangerous thing to do. Sometimes even a cellphone’s electromagnetic signal can cause a spark in the highly flammable fuel. If I have to load up on gas on go on a bathroom break, I turn off the ignition, put the car keys in my pocket, take my purse with me and lock the car. Better to be safe than sorry.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It is so bad isn’t it, I can’t believe people still do it, but only yesterday I saw someone smoking in there car while waiting to fill up (with the window open).

  28. chei

    Oh my family just had a accident in a station. One of the bag has been stole because we live it in the car when we went to a comfort room. Now we know that we should all bring our stuff.

  29. Leah Lander-Shafik

    I was at a petrol station the other day and some ‘idiot’ decided to light up a joint (you could smell it!) right next to the pump! I was fuming! x

  30. Rose Cottrill

    These are great tips and having an insurance is really a must when you travel. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

  31. nicol

    even though these are basic tips but they are really important ones that everyone needs to keep in mind at all times


    I would be surprised if people left their keys in the ignition in this day and age. Society isn’t what it used to be and unfortunately there are too many opportunists out there. I see them as a place to get a snack sometimes and pop to the loo lol πŸ˜‰

  33. Nayna Kanabar

    I am amazed that now a days you could do your weekly shop if you wanted in filling stations. they have everything including alcohol and flowers.

  34. Yaya

    With all the travelling we do up and down the country I’ve become a bit of an expert on knowing where to stop to fuel up and use the toilet. I agree with you that one of the most important and overlooked things people tend to do when at a service station is leaving their belongings in plain sight. I hope whoever reads your post heeds your advice. x

  35. Rachel

    Great post with some really important tips! I don’t drive but everyone needs to know these! xo

  36. Debbie Nicholas

    Great tips and all too often I see people throw away lit cigarettes at petrol stations. Freaks the life out of me!

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It is really scary isn’t it – I used to smoke but even then I kept it well away from such places, didn’t even like walking past one when smoking.

  37. Stephanie Merry

    I always like to plan where we stop on long car journeys as well x

  38. Lubka Henry

    It is true. When we did our GP around Europe, we were more or less constantly looking for a petrol station πŸ™‚

  39. Jenny

    Stopping in the middle of nowhere for gas would be kind of scary. I’d try to plan ahead where it’s a little busier so I wouldn’t have to worry too much. But all of these are great tips!

  40. Annie B

    I like to have an idea of where we are going to stop, but the majority of the time it will be the big service station complexes… So less sketchy.

  41. Lisa prince

    oh definitely were taking a long trip on saturday coming , its a very long fw hours drive so we know we will be needing to stop of at one of the services and they always cost us a fortune because they over charge

  42. anjali

    I definitely agree with these tips!

  43. Dani

    I’ve always had a bit of a weird thing about petrol stations!
    Super safe with my belongings, check around me etc.

    Dani x

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