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Bp Driver’s Guide

Gas Myths Quiz

When it comes to gasoline, can you differentiate good advice from misinformation? Take this quiz to see if you can separate fact from fiction.

You should always let your car warm up before you drive it.


Incorrect! Fiction!

Correct! Fiction.

Modern cars don't need to warm up before being driven. In fact, a car uses more fuel when its engine idles for more than 30 seconds than when the engine is turned off and restarted.* Depending on engine size and air conditioner use, idling can use up to half a gallon of fuel per hour.**


Turning off the A/C can improve fuel efficiency.


Correct! Fact.

Incorrect! Fact.

Turning on the air conditioning consumes gasoline, especially at low speeds or in city conditions – where A/C can reduce gas mileage as much as 20%. At highway speeds, it can be more fuel efficient to roll up the windows and turn the A/C on in the “recirculate” setting.*, **


You should top off your gas tank.


Incorrect! Fiction.

Correct! Fiction.

Gas nozzles automatically click off when your gas tank is full, so topping off the gas tank can cause you to pay for gasoline that's fed back into the station's tanks. In some areas, gas station pumps are required to recover gas vapors to prevent them from contributing to air pollution. In these cases, any additional gas you try to pump after the first click may be drawn into the vapor recovery line.***