With the Movement Control Order now in effect for almost two weeks, our lives have all been affected in more ways than one.

Positively speaking, we’re now arguably a cleaner bunch with proper hygiene being observed, even at the fuel stations. For fear of contracting the virus when refueling our cars, most have now opted to use plastic disposable gloves when lifting the fuel nozzle.

Sure, it’s good to be cautious with what you touch nowadays but there are risks of imminent danger involved – flash fires from static electricity.

The static electric generated as you exit or re-enter your vehicle can ignite the fuel vapour, causing a fire. Instead, motorists are advised to either use a cloth or latex gloves when handling the fuel nozzle.

In a statement released last week regarding the maintenance of their petrol stations, Shell Malaysia also discouraged the use of plastic gloves.

“We would like to remind customers to remove all gloves and plastic protective gear to avoid static contact when refueling,” the company said.


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Pan Eu Jin
Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.