How to Stay Safe and Clean When I Put Gas in My Vehicle

Practice safety. And drive away clean.

Gas pumps are among the dirtiest things we come in contact with on a regular basis. In fact, on average, pump handles have more bacteria than the common household toilet seat — 11,000 times more.*

So, if you’re among those who have to remain mobile and find yourself needing to fuel up, here are some simple steps to follow to help leave bacteria at the pump and not on your hands.

Wear gloves when pumping and paying. Disposable gloves are even better so that you can toss them right after you're done. Please find a wastebasket to prevent littering.

If gloves aren’t available, use paper towels to grip handles. Make sure to dispose of these as well without touching the contaminated sections that may have come in contact with bacteria.

Keep your distance from other patrons. Remember the six-feet rule and stick to it — at least six feet.

Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in your vehicle to use right after pumping. Also be sure to keep your hands away from your face until you can properly wash them with soap and water. We also recommend wiping down high-touch areas with proper disinfecting wipes after pumping, such as door handles, key fobs and your steering wheel.

And as soon as you can, wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds.

*Statistics and figures provided by a Kimberly-Clark Corporation study.