Is filling up your petrol tank in hot weather dangerous

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Amid a number of heatwaves for Britain, as the temperature rockets up to 30C drivers are worried it could be dangerous.

The message claimed five cars have exploded in the last seven days directly due to being filled up when the cars were hot.

But this has been debunked as false, as experts have confirmed there is no danger to filling up your car with petrol on a hot day.

The message has reportedly been around for years, and simply re-emerged amid June’s heatwave.

What is the truth about filling your car up on a hot day?
Experts have said there is “no truth in this” rumour.

Fuel systems are designed to cope with vapour coming from the fuel and there is no risk of an explosion.

Drivers shouldn’t worry about filling their tanks to the top.

And in fact, they are advised to do so – as the danger of running out of fuel is greater than the car exploding.

The AA confirmed the worrying message was an old false story.

They revealed cars are tested in weather extremes to be able to cope with hot and cold temperatures.

But what can damage your car on hot days?
Extreme temperatures won’t just give you sunburn and melt roads, but they also risk causing severe damage to your car.

Easily maintainable car parts threaten to shut down under the sweltering sun as disinterested drivers fail to look after their motors.

Oil and engine coolant are also under threat from soaring heat while fuel consumption is likely to increase.

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