Almost every gas station has the option to pay for your fuel at the pump by using your debit or credit card, but is it safe to do so? Devices called “skimmers” are one threat that can compromise the safety of your bank account, and can be present right on the pump you use every day.
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Despite government mandated fuel economy improvements, overall fuel consumption is on the rise across America according to a new report.
The old “gas and dash” may be a thing of the past, thanks to Post-Pay, a new gas pump technology that requires customers to swipe their driver’s licence before they fill up.
The first stations to take the Post-Pay pumps for a test drive are in Saginaw, Michigan and owned by Paxson Oil. Cash-paying customers must swipe their driver’s licences in order to unlock the pumps. When they are finished filling up, they settle their bill with the cashier. If a customer is a little low on cash and makes a run for it, they will be tracked down by the police using the driver’s licence information swiped at the pump.
This kind of technology eliminates the need to pre-pay with a set amount, return to the pump to fill their tanks, then head back to the cashier again to settle the rest of the bill.
According to Bob Hohn, president for Paxson Oil Company and Post-Pay inventor, the driver’s license information can’t be viewed by the cashier and it’s not recorded for any other purpose other than tracking down pump and run culprits.
Would you swipe your licence before being allowed to pump fuel? Let us know what you think of Post-Pay system in the comments section below. As well, you can watch news footage of the system in action after the jump.
Bring along your hand sanitizer the next time you’re pumping gas – a new study says they are the filthiest thing you touch on a day-to-day basis.
According to a recent report by Kimberly-Clark Professional (a division of hygiene company Kimberly-Clark Corp), gas pump handles are covered with germs. After swabbing and taking samples from hundreds of different surfaces from around six U.S. cities (including , Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Philadelphia), researchers were able to conclude which surfaces were a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and viruses.
Gas pumps made it to the top of the list of things not to touch without a Hazmat suit, followed by public mailboxes, escalator rails and ATM buttons. Also making the list are parking meters and kiosks, crosswalk buttons and buttons on vending machines in shopping malls.
“It comes down to the fact that nobody cleans the things that you’re going to touch on a daily basis,” said Dr. Kelly Arehart, program leader of Kimberly-Clark’s Healthy Workplace Project.
This is just another good reason to pay a few extra bucks and take your car to a full-service gas station.