A post has been widely circulated on social media that claims that fuel tanks of cars full of gasoline explodes in hot days. The post was the base of an article by the Deccan Chronicles in 2016 where it claimed that a warning was issued by Indian Oil over driving with a full tank during summer.
According to The Independent, Death Valley in the United States of America is one of the hottest place on this planet. Temperatures can rise up to 47 degree celsius in the summer. Therefore, is it safe to have a full gas tank while driving across the Valley?
Snoop, a fact checking site states that, a viral post regarding warning over having full gas tanks have been circulating in social media have been circulating online since 2011. Lastly, it appeared with the logo of the Pakistan State Oil in 19th May of this year. Also, the post was the base of an article by the Deccan Chronicles in 2016 where it claimed that a warning was issued by Indian Oil over driving with a full tank during summer. However, Indian Oil later dismissed any authority over the warning post.
So, the question still remains whether after all is it safe to drive with a full tank in hot weather? The answer is straight no. Firstly, oil tanks in automobiles are kept in a safe storage inside the car. Therefore, it’s very difficult for the fuel tank to get heat. Also, the temperature for an oil tank to burst would be 260 degree celsius. Whereas, normal human body temperature is from 32 – 36 degree celsius and we know that water boils at 100 degree celsius.
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