What is this arrow pointing to?
If you’ve ever driven into a gas station and had a moment of forgetfulness, wondering which side your gas tank is on, you’re probably not alone. Whether you’re in a rental car or just feeling a little confused in a car you’ve had for years, you can spare yourself from having to circle the car around to the other side. The answer lies in a small symbol on your dashboard that you may have overlooked — just look for the little arrow or triangle near the gas gauge.
The arrow indicates which side of the car the gas tank is on. If the arrow points left, the car’s filler cap is on the left. If it points right, it’s on your right. This gas tank knowledge may spare you from having to crane your head out the window or from having to hop in and out of the car. The secret is out — all it takes is a quick glance on the dash to know exactly where to pull up to fill up.
Automotive industry experts suggest that only one in ten drivers know about the gas tank indicator arrow.