It happens to the best of us. You’re having a perfectly fine day, thinking about work and picking the kids up from school, when you come across the sudden realisation that you’ve put the wrong fuel in your car.

Whether it’s because you’re using a new car for the first time, the pumps not being labelled correctly at the petrol station or just a lapse in concentration, putting the wrong type of fuel into your vehicle tends to be a much more common occurrence than you’d think.

It’s estimated that someone puts the wrong fuel into their car in the UK every three minutes. However it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, as there are ways you can try to prevent the wrong type of fuel doing as much damage to your car. Following these steps will hopefully minimise the harm caused.

Don’t turn on the engine

This is very important. The engine starts to use fuel the moment it’s turned on, drawing it into the system and causing damage if the wrong type is in there. Avoiding turning on the engine could prevent any damage from being done. Unfortunately a lot of people don’t realise they’ve put the wrong fuel in the car until it starts to shudder, misfire or emit smoke on the drive home. If this is the case pull over in a safe area straight away and get out of the vehicle.

Don’t panic and stay safe

It’s normal to be frightened at times like this and panic about the situation, but you should try to remain calm and take deep breaths. Your safety is the main priority, and as long as you’re standing in a safe area away from oncoming traffic then things should be okay. Remember that there’s a good chance the damage to your vehicle isn’t too bad.

Call Wrong Fuel Expert

In situations like this you need help from a proven company that knows exactly what to do. Wrong Fuel Expert has been assisting motorists who have the wrong fuel in their cars for over ten years, and in that time we’ve built up a great reputation for providing a quality service.

Our qualified technicians operate the latest fuel draining equipment that works on all types of vehicles. We’re available 24 hours a day and we aim to reach you within 60 minutes of you placing your call.

We take fuel out of your tank on site and make sure you have enough to get to the nearest garage, meaning there’ll be less time before you’re back on the road again. Upon taking the fuel from your vehicle, we dispose of it by following strict environmental guidelines.

Our friendly, affordable and reliable service aims to have you back driving your vehicle again in no time. If you find yourself with the wrong fuel in your car, always remember to contact Wrong Fuel Expert free on 0800 710 1145, and we should be with you within the hour.