ADAC warns of gasoline hamster purchases

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ADAC warns of gasoline hamster purchases





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The automobile club ADAC advises drivers not to stock up on petrol or diesel in view of falling petrol prices. On the one hand, gasoline prices are subject to constant fluctuations, on the other hand, the safety aspect speaks against hoarding.


For safety reasons, the ADAC automobile club advises motorists not to stock up on petrol or diesel in view of falling petrol prices. “On the one hand, gasoline prices are subject to constant fluctuations, on the other hand, the security aspect speaks against hoarding,” an ADAC spokesman told the newspapers of the Funke media group (Tuesday editions). Even in vehicles, drivers should therefore have no more than ten liters on board outside the tank.

“The canister should then be as far away as possible from the people in the car – ideally in the trunk,” said the spokesman. According to the ADAC, consumers in small garages can store up to 200 liters of diesel and up to 20 liters of gasoline in tightly closed, unbreakable containers.

Nevertheless, the ADAC warns: “Storing fuels at home can be life-threatening, since flammable vapors can easily escape from the reserve containers.” It is important not to use any plastic containers, but only to use containers with a so-called RKK approval. A reserve canister can hold a maximum of 60 liters of fuel in private vehicles. A maximum of 240 liters may be carried in private vehicles.

The oil price had initially dropped by more than 30 percent at the beginning of the week, which was the biggest crash since the Gulf War in 1991. Against this background, the German Mineral Oil Industry Association (MWV) considers cheaper gasoline and heating oil to be possible and also points to the fact that the oil price has been parallel for months falling fuel prices. On Tuesday, however, the oil price initially rose again after a drastic fall in early trade in Asia. jm / cha

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