£29.95 misfuelling prevention device goes on sale
Dubbed "FuelSure", the product has been developed by engineer and RAC patrolman Phil Cartwright, and can be used on over 80% of diesel cars and light commercial vehicles on UK roads.
According to RAC’s Vehicle Fault Analysis data, misfuelling is the fourth biggest driver-induced fault among fleet drivers, with call-outs reaching 10,000 in 2009. Taking travel and wait times into consideration, it can take one to two days to drain a fuel tank, with a knock-on effect for fleet vehicle efficiency.
Diesel contamination can cause severe damage if the driver starts the engine and petrol runs through into the system, leading to possible costs of thousands of pounds. In some cases, engine damage due to misfuelling won’t be covered by insurance.
The FuelSure device has been designed to prevent the insertion of the smaller diameter petrol pump nozzle and removes the need to screw and unscrew the existing fuel cap.
Gary Wrightson-Heyworth, RAC technical service development manager, said: 'FuelSure is a truly innovative product. It differs from similar products available as it physically prevents misfuelling – you need to have the diesel nozzle in your hand to remove the fuel cap. RAC fully supports this device and we are currently in the process of rolling it out to all of our roadside Patrols and recovery specialists to make available to our members.'
FuelSure costs £29.95 and is available from RAC Patrols and recovery specialists, as well as selected Halfords stores.