We all lead increasingly busy lives and putting the wrong fuel in a vehicle is a simple mistake if your mind is elsewhere or you’re driving a different vehicle to your usual one.
Reports from the Health and Safety Executive say that the majority of vehicle fires are due to mishandling of fuel when performing a fuel drain.
Don’t start the vehicle or turn the key. This way the fuel remains in the tank and the contamination doesn’t have the chance to work it’s way into the engine. If you have already started the vehicle, pull over to a safe place and switch of the engine straight away. Don’t be tempted to see if you can make it home, as the more contaminated fuel that reaches the engine, the more significant and expensive the potential damage is likely to be.