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    Getting automobile gas?

    Does anyone have any description on how they get gas into their automobile?

    #2
    In CA, any gas station where there is more than one employee on duty must provide gas pumping services for persons with a disabled parking placard upon request. There are also a few states (like Oregon) where self-service is not allowed, and only gas station attendants can pump your gas.

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      #3
      In Washington State full service stations have to pump if asked and charge the lower self service price.
      Last edited by nonoise; 14 Oct 2015, 3:34 AM.
      I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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        #4
        I make sure I park far enough, but close enough to fit my chair, reach the gas nozzle and have the hose reach the car. I am in my wheelchair doing it ... I *never* pull the open end over me ... I sit with my chair on an angle and quickly transfer the gas handle from the pump to the gas tank.
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        T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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          #5
          i locate the gas station on my phone call them, and explain that i'm in a wheelchair. much better than honking the horn and always willing to help, especially when asked.

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            #6
            I'm spoiled, all of our gas stations in NJ are full serve.

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              #7
              Originally posted by MikeB View Post
              i locate the gas station on my phone call them, and explain that i'm in a wheelchair. much better than honking the horn and always willing to help, especially when asked.
              I do exactly what Mike does, just be nice and try to get gas when they aren't super busy. Of if they are ask someone else that's getting their own gas.
              C5 as of 6-13- 2010

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                #8
                Originally posted by lynnifer View Post
                I make sure I park far enough, but close enough to fit my chair, reach the gas nozzle and have the hose reach the car. I am in my wheelchair doing it ... I *never* pull the open end over me ... I sit with my chair on an angle and quickly transfer the gas handle from the pump to the gas tank.
                Ditto, there are almost no full service stations here anyway, besides it's quicker to do it myself.
                I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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                  #9
                  EVERYONE!!! Thanks for all the reply and different answers. My intention is do it myself. Have been told a lot of self-service are fairly short hose, so parking and wheelchair in that are is something need to be sure. I have recently improved, slightly, walk with walker. So was even wondering if could be done from walker. I never heard or knew states that disallow.

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                    #10
                    If your balance with walker is an issue get gas while in chair as the hose has resistance that could throw you off balance. The hoses are always actually long enough to accommodate people who misjudge where the gas tank is.

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                      #11
                      Balance with walker is fine. Endurance is issue. I was hospitalized 5+ years with my mess. That cost me a ton of strength and coordination. Slowly putting back together. I may even at some point see if I can do it using only walker from driver seat. Been working on the those deficiencies, but really no way to just buy that stuff.

                      Are you still able to load nozzle into vehicle and lock so that gas flows? And then it auto-open when full? This would allow if using walker, me to just sit while fuel going in.

                      I can probably even stand using 1 arm/hand for balance and other control pump. I think there is a lot of try different and see what works best.

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                        #12
                        Yeah, you can lock nozzle to full or half flow and it automatically stops when full. Usually you swipe credit card right at pump, the screen flashes an authorization to select fuel grade, remove nozzle from pump, and then to begin pumping. Usually, when the nozzle does auto shut off and you replace it in the rack the screen will ask if you want a receipt and you select yes or no options.

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                          #13
                          Thanks for description. My accident was 2002. That was last time I drove a car.

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                            #14
                            All sam clubs and Costco's have attendants.

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                              #15
                              I look for gas stations that do not have the pumps on a raised island (most of the gas stations around here have the pumps on the same level as the pavement, but I suspect that in the East many pumps are still on raised islands). I pull up to a pump that is not in the sun, if possible (sun shining on the display makes it very hard to read from a lower height), and leaving enough room between the car and the pump for the wheelchair.

                              I get the chair out of the car and go around to the filler side. If I can't read the display due to the height or the angle, I ask someone else who is pumping gas to help me read it - I prefer not to give a stranger my credit or debit card. I put my credit card away securely (zipped bag under my chair) before pumping the gas. I take the gas cap out and put it on my lap before lifting the nozzle up. Like lynnifer, I hold the nozzle out away from my body as I pivot the chair to insert the nozzle in the tank. Stick the nozzle in the tank, squeeze the handle and lock it. Wait for the pump to shut off automatically. Pull the nozzle out carefully without dripping on myself. Pivot back to the pump to reseat the nozzle. Put the gas cap back in securely. Get back in the car.

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