The non drip petrol nozzle invention - A joke or a necessity?

(Level 2)
17 Oct 2013 13:12, updated
02 Jul 2012, published

When you go to the petrol station to fill up your car, do you find that the petrol drips from the nozzle, staining your clothes and the ground? No? Thought not, never happened to me either. I thought that it was common sense to shake the nozzle a little before taking it out completely, thus preventing any surplus petrol from dripping out the nozzle.

Well someone has come up with an invention that is likely to save your clothes and the loss of half a billion litres of petrol a year. To be honest it is a good idea, I never knew that those little drops that fall out the nozzle after filling up could account to so much loss.

A company from Canada have come up with a nozzle drip retainer that looks a little like the mesh filter you find at the end of your basin taps. Forecourts just need to attach this to the ends of the fuel nozzles and then no more leaks or stained clothes, simple.

Unfortunately at this time there is no new information on when forecourts will be adding these to the pumps as the inventors are still looking for a buyer to produce this product. If it saves some fuel and the environment, then I hope they can find a buyer soon.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of the article though, I never knew that this was such an issue. I’ve always given the nozzle a good shake before replacing it, whereas others I have noticed just keep the pump upright until it has been placed back to its holder. Other people suggest having the same system that is used all over the world where you specify the amount you want and just that is filled into your tank.

It has been noted that this non drip nozzle attachment has been used in America for some years but there was a problem in the UK regarding the VAT, so they were not introduced here. As innovative as this sounds, we will have to wait a while until this is available. In the meantime I urge everyone to get their money’s worth of petrol by shaking the nozzle and waiting a few seconds before hastily putting it back.

Comments (1)
gices  (Level 5)
02 Jul 2012 12:35

Instead of wasting money on such things, the fuel companies could start an awareness campaign to educate drivers how much petrol is being lost and what could be done to prevent this. Why not put up a few stickers next to the petrol pumps to show that you need to wait a few seconds and shake the pump before removing it? This would be better than buying this non drip nozzle in my opinion.