Out-of-State Travel and Unfamiliar Laws

If You Travel to These Two States, You’re in for a Surprise...

When you plan to travel to another state, you'd think you have enough to worry about without familiarizing yourself with the local laws. Unfortunately, what you don't know can hurt you when you charter into unfamiliar territory. For example, the way you pump gas might get you in trouble in some states. Here are some things you need to know...

Is it Really Illegal?

Did you know that there are two states in the U.S. where it is illegal for motorists to pump their own gas? One of these states is on the West Coast and one state is on the East Coast, so it affects people in different parts of the country. Can you guess which two states?

Just Two of the Fifty States

In both New Jersey and Oregon it is illegal for motorists to pump their own gas. This applies to everyone, both residents and tourists. By why is this? In NJ, it’s simply that an old law is still on the books, a law from a time period when technology was much different, and it was actually more dangerous to pump gas. This can really put a damper on your travel plans.

Some people in New Jersey and Oregon really like not having to deal with hassle of pumping their own gas. When it’s raining, they can just sit in their car and relax. However, those who travel to the states from other states find it quite odd and even frustrating.

You Might Not Agree With It, But the Law's the Law

Regardless of your opinion on the issue of pumping your own gas, if you live in or are even just traveling through New Jersey or Oregon, you definitely need to abide by the rules of those states. It’s simply good to know this information in advance. You wouldn’t want to waste precious travel time on your vacation by driving from gas station to gas station as many out-of-state motorists have done in the past looking for a self-serve pump, which doesn’t exist anywhere in these two states.


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