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"One app is making me feel safer when I’m driving at night."

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It’s only just started to get dark and I’m leaned over the passenger seat of my car frantically rummaging through my bag when a wash of panic comes over me.

I’ve filled my car to the brim with petrol…and in my rush to get out of the house, I left my wallet on my bed. Face-palm.

Now I’m going to have to walk in and tell the attendant that I’ve filled my car with fuel, have no available means by which I can pay for it and that I swear I’m a trustworthy person.

Luckily the attendant is lovely and understanding. I leave my sunglasses as collateral (desperate times call for desperate measures) and drive home with my tail between my legs and a good half hour down the drain before returning to pay for my fuel.

All full? OK let's go already. Image: Getty.
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It's scenarios like this that make you question why no-one has ever thought of an easier way to pay for petrol. That's why when I found out about the BPme app, I wondered why no genius had created it sooner.

What is BPme? Put simply, it's Australia's first mobile app that allows you to pay for fuel from your car. Yes, you read that right. You can. Stay. In. The. Car. Introverts rejoice because today is a good day.

As a millennial, my goal in life is generally to have as little human interaction as I can without being considered dysfunctional. I'm all for self checkouts and booking restaurants online as I find them a great way to save time and energy. The less words exchanged, the better.

"When I found out about the BPme app, I wondered why no genius had created it sooner." Image: Supplied.

After you register and set up your account (I downloaded mine for free from the Apple App Store) all you need to do is:

  1. Pull into a participating BP (there's a site locator built into the app), turn your engine off and turn on the app.
  2. Select your pump number and payment method.
  3. Get out and fill up (leaving your phone in the car - this is important, you can't use it at the pump).
  4. Then go back in the car, wait for confirmation and you're good to go.

No longer do you have to worry about getting out of the car in your three seasons deep Netflix binge track pants. But jokes aside, it's also the perfect way to ensure you're safe if you're out late at night and you don't feel comfortable leaving the car to pay. And for those of my friends who have kids, it means they don't have to worry about watching their kids from the petrol station, or taking them out of the car.

Worrying about having cash on you or carrying cards is a thing of the past too. All you need is your phone to pay. So the next time I leave my wallet at home (which let's face it, is highly likely) I no longer have to face an awkward exchange at the register.

If that's not called winning, I don't know what is. No more millennial flakiness - at least on my part.

So what are you waiting for? Get on it and download the BPme app

What app has saved your butt? Tell us below!

This content was created with thanks to our brand partner BP.

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