A fake news warning people not to fill petrol full tank in summer as vehicle might explode because of heat, is still in circulation for which even Deccan Chronicle fell for few years back.
“Warning from Indian Oil !!! Due to increase in temperature in the coming days, please don’t fill petrol to the maximum limit. It may cause explosion in the fuel tank. Please fill the tank about half and allow space for air. This week 5 explosion accidents have happened due to filling petrol to maximum. Don’t just read the message and stop. Let others and your family members who drive also know about it so that they can avoid this mistake…Please DO SHARE THIS MESSAGE.”
Indian Oil’s official handle debunked this news
“It is perfectly safe to fill the fuel in vehicles up to the limit (max.) as specified by the manufacturer irrespective of winter or summer. “
Infact National Geographic did a real life experiment with 4 cars with different level of fuels with first one almost empty and last car with full tank.
On the contrary to the viral message, car with full tank didn’t blow up while the one with less fuel caused biggest explosion.
Deccan Chronicle fell for it last year
– As temperatures continue to soar, the Indian Meteorological Department is circulating a warning issued by Indian Oil corporation urging motorists not to fill their vehicles’ fuel tanks to maximum capacity. The warning is only for vehicles running on petrol.
The message says one should fill a vehicle’s tank till only half its capacity to avoid igniting the fuel inside due to heat. A senior official from Indian Oil said, “Petrol is volatile and it turns into vapour quickly.
Now that temperatures are high, this process takes place at a faster rate. So it is advisable that people leave around 20 per cent of their petrol tank empty for safe accumulation of vapour.
If the petrol tank is filled to the brim, there’s no space for vapour to accumulate and that could cause an explosion or fire. Even in tanker trucks, which transport petrol, some amount of space is left for the very same purpose.”