The smallest problem will be in countries such as Italy, Germany or Belgium, where both CNG and LPG are very popular and we can easily find them at a gas station. In such situation, the availability of LPG will not be a problem.
We should also remember that LPG refueling stations in different countries may require different refueling tips from us. In Poland, we use the Italian connector (dish), which is used in many other European countries. But not in all. For example, in Germany or Austria the ACME valve is used, in Portugal and Spain it is the euroconnector and in the Netherlands and England it is used BAYONET.
How to deal with this diversity? It’s easy!
Before trip, we need to find out what connector we will encounter in a given country. If this is not a standard, that matches our installation, we should get an adapter.
If you forget to take adapters with you, it is worth to ask for it at the station – most of them borrows adapters for drivers in need.
Refuelling stations abroad – how to behave
Refuelling a car seems to us a trivial activity. Every owner of a gas installation knows exactly what to do. We stop at the distributor, get out of the vehicle, connect the LPG gun to the car and start refuelling. STOP! While this behaviour may seem obvious to us in our country, the rules may be different abroad.
In France, the Netherlands, Greece and parts of Italy, self-refuelling is prohibited. Drivers are required to wait for a gas station employee who will serve the distributor.
Even in countries where self-filling is allowed, we must remember that stations may have their own regulations. Therefore, it is always worth making sure how we should behave.
What if I fill up the tank with the wrong gas?
The LPG and CNG refuelling valves differ to such an extent that it is not possible to combine the LPG gun and the CNG refuelling valve and vice versa. Therefore, we do not have to be afraid of a mistake and its consequences, as in the case of choosing a petrol distributor instead of diesel fuel. Nevertheless, it is worth looking carefully at the inscriptions on the dispensers at the petrol station.
Traveling abroad with your own vehicle is a great way to spend your holidays, relax and have a great adventure. However, you should prepare for them. Before the trip, you should collect basic information about the country we are going to – find out how gas stations are equipped and how to behave at them. The better we prepare for the trip, the easier it will be for us to enjoy it. Using LPG installations on such route will allow us to significantly reduce travel costs.