Which Side of the Car is the Gas Tank On?

October 30, 2013 | By | Comments (4)

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When you pull up to the gas station in your own car, you may not even have to think about whether the tank is on the left or the right side. But if you’re renting or borrowing a car, this quick trick will save you from anxiously craning your neck out the window in search of the gas tank before you fill up (we’ve all been there).

Locate the gas gauge on your dashboard. You should see a small arrow next to the gas pump icon. If the arrow points to the left, your gas tank is on the driver’s side of the car. If it points to the right, the gas tank is on the passenger side of the car. If there is no arrow, take a closer look at the icon: The side the hose is drawn on should tell you what side your gas tank is on.

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COMMENTS

  1. VanSan

    Only this part is incorrect:
    “The side the hose is drawn on should tell you what side your gas tank is on.”

    October 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm
  2. Lissa Cupp

    Most cars have a little arrow by the gas indicator on the dash that points to left or right. I don’t know when I learned it but I travel a lot and drive different rental cars all the time…it’s very helpful and has always worked for me.

    November 1, 2013 at 10:22 am
  3. FAL

    not on all cars…wish it were true

    November 4, 2013 at 5:10 pm

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