I am amazed! I am flabbergasted! I really should read my car's manual one day!
Have you ever been in a rental car racing to get it back to the airport in time to catch your flight? You have to return it full of gas (petrol in the UK) so you pull into a gas station (garage in the UK) and – as you're cruising up to the gas pumps – you think to yourself" "Which side of the car is the #$%%^&* gas tank on?"
Well, someone just informed me that this is actually indicated on or around the gas gauge on the dashboard of the car you are driving. What? You're joking! Tell me this isn't so!
But yes; indeed this is the case. I just ran around the office gathering people's car keys (I told them that gas prices were now so high that I needed to siphon some of theirs), ran outside to investigate, and took some pictures to prove the point. I then checked to see if anyone in our office was aware of this useful nugget of knowledge ... and no one had a clue!
In some cases, the gas pump symbol includes a graphical depiction of an arrow that's so subtle you've never noticed that it's there. Consider the following image from my own car, for example:
The "arrow" (triangle shape) next to the
Pump symbol points to the left.
As we see, in this case the "arrow" (the triangle symbol) points to the left, and – indeed – my gas tank is on the driver's side of the car (I'm in the USA, so the driver's side is on the left-hand-side of the car when you're sitting in the driver's seat).
In other cases things are a little more subtle. Consider, for example, the following photo from one of the other guy's cars. As we see, there aren't any arrows. However, the fact that the pump symbol is presented to the right of the gas gauge indicates that the gas tank is on the right-hand side of the car (the passenger side in the USA). And this is indeed the case; because I did of course check (I also took the time to siphon some gas :-)
The pump symbol appears to the right of the gas gauge.
Well, who would have "thunk" it? I can't count the times this tidbit of trivia would have been of use to me over the years. How about you? Were you already aware of this morsel of minutia, or is it as much of a surprise to you as it was for me?
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