The Gas Arrow

April 13, 2010 at 12:01 am 3 comments

Rent, borrow or commandeer an unfamiliar car and you’ll need to gas it up eventually.

You know your own car like the back of your TV remote, but you’ve got nothing on this car. The gauge is near empty when you realize you have no idea which side the gas cap is on.

You’ve got a 50/50 chance, so you wing it. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that says, “this ain’t my car” better than stopping on the wrong side of the pump.

That’s why they invented the gas arrow. Look for the arrow on the gas gauge, it points to the side of the car where the gas hole is.

Of course, not all cars have this arrow. Some people will also say that the pump icon indicates the side of the gas cap with the pump handle, but that’s not universally true.

My Dad shared this secret with me a few years ago.¬† I shared it with a few friends, some of them shared with a few friends and if all goes well, everybody will know about the gas arrow and other little known facts. That’s what this site is all about.

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  • 1. Angie  |  April 19, 2010 at 11:09 am

    My husband, who works for a rental car company, used to use the glass doors of the gas station as a tool for figuring out which side the gas cap was on (before the arrow became popular.) He’d drive by the door, look for the reflection of the car and look for the gas cap thing.

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  • 3. Candy  |  June 14, 2012 at 8:37 am

    what is the earliest that this arrow was on cars?

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