Petrol-buying women damage economy “by not shaking the drips off”
A study based on CCTV pictures of women who buy self service petrol reveals that only 0.5% of them “shake the drips off”, leaving small amounts of petrol to drip onto the forecourt floor. The same study showed that 99.7% of men shake the drips off into their vehicle’s fuel hole.
“It looks like a small if not trivial affair,” said Trevor Smithington at the Institute of Fuel Studies. “But factor in the huge amounts of female-purchased self service petrol over the last, say, forty years, and we estimate the wastage runs into the billions of journeys.