A co-worker was telling me a story the other day about driving with her aunt. Her aunt's fuel tank was low and my co-worker tried to be helpful by calling out whenever a gas station came into view. Her aunt resolutely ignored her and drove several blocks out of their way before she finally settled on where to buy her gas.
My co-worker couldn't figure out why her aunt would drive so far, until she realized that they had arrived at a full serve station. It turns out that her aunt had just never learned how to pump her own gas.
Full serve stations aren't as common as they once were but we do still have them. In fact, Petro-Canada has over 200 full service gas stations across the country. How you do find them? Visit the Station Locator, click on "Advanced Search" and select "Full Serve" to find one near you.
I certainly enjoy a full service gas station. As I mentioned in an earlier post, road tripping through Oregon was extra fun because I was in charge of refuelling the car and full service gas stations are the law there. It's important to know how to pump your own gas, of course. But there are plenty of reasons to seek out full serve, ranging from the very necessary to the merely convenient:
- You're elderly or disabled
- You're injured or ill
- It's cold
- It's raining
- You forgot to change out of your pyjama pants
Over to you - do you go out of your way for full serve? Take our poll below!
- Rose R.