Honestly, I’m not very excited about it either. I recently just got a new car, and I have had to pump my own gas every once and a while when I am in the state of Washington. I can tell you with 100% certainty that I do not like having to pump gas. There are so many reasons why it is just so much easier for someone else to do it.
One example is the smell. Who wants to get ready for work in the morning, and discover that you have to stop at the gas station first? Now you have to pump your gas and the smell can get on your clothing. The smell will linger all day, and personally, I get a headache from the smell of gasoline.
Another thing is the weather. Everyone knows that weather can be pretty unpredictable. It can be scalding hot in the summer, below freezing in the winter, and windy during all of those times. I don’t want to get out of my car and pump the gas while braving the elements. I just want to stay in my nice temperature-controlled environment.
Even with all of the negatives that come with pumping gas, there are a few positives as well. I am not one that likes small talk, but every time someone comes up to my window to takes my money, they ask how my day has been, or where I’m headed. I don’t want to be rude, so I reply, of course; however, that does not mean that I want to talk in the first place. With self serve gas in Oregon, it can save you from all of that awkward small talk.
I am also someone who really loves traveling. This means that I am going to be driving through other states at some point, like I have experienced already, and have found out that you have to pump your gas in those states. In fact, there are only two states where you can’t pump your gas. According to the New York Times, New Jersey is the last state that has gas attendants.
Oregon might have self-serve gas stations now, but the whole state isn’t actually self-serve. In fact, it is actually only rural areas that this new law affects. The Washington Post says, “Under House Bill 2482, which took effect January 1st, 2018, retailers in counties with a population of less than 40,000 are allowed to have self-service gas pumps.” This law only takes effect in 13 of the 36 counties in Oregon. Places with high population don’t even need to worry about pumping their own gas, unless they plan on traveling.
This new law, with its many negatives has been voted on, taken effect, and can not be changed. Even though I dread having to pump my own gas, I won’t have a choice when traveling around Oregon. Luckily, unlike some frustrated Oregonians, I know how to pump my own gas already.