What should you do if you smell fuel in your vehicle?

By Alicia Jarvis
Updated on August 2, 2021


What should you do to reduce the risk of your vehicle catching fire? 

Check out any strong smell of fuel – Your vehicle’s fuel can be a significant fire threat. If you smell fuel, look around to see where it’s coming from. Never use a naked flame near it if you can smell fuel or smoke when refuelling.



Carrying a sufficient fire extinguisher in your vehicle may assist you in extinguishing a little fire. If you suspect a fire in the engine compartment:

  • Pull up as soon and safely as possible.
  • Ensure that all passengers are securely evacuated.
  • Call for help or have someone ring 999 or 112 for you.
  • Don’t open the bonnet.
  • When the release catch is activated, you may be able to direct any available fire extinguisher through the little opening.
  • If the fire appears to be big, do not attempt to extinguish it; instead, move away from the car and leave it to the fire department.
  • Don’t take any risks. 


Remember that fire can spread through a car at an astounding rate. If you sense a strong odour of fuel, don’t ignore it; instead, notify the emergency services when they arrive.