Monday, October 11, 2010

gas cap follies

I've driven a staggering number of cars and trucks for fieldwork. Compacts rented from the airport, box trucks with missing side mirrors, university department beaters...

But it took me until a few months ago to realize something basic: all cars have a little arrow on the gas indicator that shows what side of the vehicle the gas cap is on.

So after years of driving to a gas station and looking like an idiot while I try and figure out where the gas cap is, now I can just read the dashboard.

My question is, am I the last person to find out about this? Or is this new to you, too?

6 comments:

Lockwood said...

New to me, and since I don't drive anymore, I was going to say too late. But I just realized the last time I was in a car- a rental- we had that gas station experience. Now if I can just remember...

mountainbeltway said...

I figured this out recently, too -- maybe 6 months back?

Silver Fox said...

Uh, I didn't know that - maybe it's something (relatively) new?

A Life Long Scholar said...

They do??? I'll have to look next time I'm in one...

Short Geologist said...

Ok, I feel a little better now I know I'm not the only one!

flickamawa said...

This is new to me too, but I haven't driven much since I moved to NYC 8 years ago. According to a 2007 Snopes response to a false claim that the gas pump indicator's handle indicated this, the arrows had started showing up on newer models recently. So this is probably a phenomenon less than 5 years old.