Fuelling frustration foiled


Doesn’t it drive you nuts? You pull up beside the fuel pump only to find that your fuel cap is on the wrong side of the car and the hose won’t reach. You have to do a 3 point turn in the middle of the forecourt or go to the back of the queue.

It’s especially frustrating when you swap vehicles often. Or if, like me, you have a memory like a sieve.

If we could just persuade the car industry that it would be a fine idea to put them all on the same side the problem would go away, but when they can’t even agree on which side to put the indicator switch (never mind the bloody steering wheel) don’t hold your breath.

Fuel gauge with a gas arrow

Not to worry, help is at hand

This idea is right up there with E=mc² and the invention of the wheel. On most modern vehicles there’s a handy little “gas arrow” on the little picture of the pump on the fuel gauge. It points to the filler cap. See it? ➩

Haven’t got one on yours?

Never fear. If your car maker didn’t get the message they’ve probably put the hose on the icon on the same side as the fuel cap.

Or the pump icon itself is on the appropriate port or starboard side of the gauge.

Isn’t technology marvellous?