Motoring Tips: Confused at the Pumps?Petrol Cap Clue Is on Your Dashboard

How many of us have had that forgetful moment of not remembering which side your petrol cap is on, leaving you to lean and strain your neck out of the car window at the fuel station?

Whether you’ve had that forgetful moment in your own car, borrowed a friend’s or family member’s car or using a hire car, we’ve all had that moment at least once in our lives. But there is a simple, easy indication to help you know straight away which needs to be alongside the pump nozzle & hose.

Some motorists will say there is no right or wrong side as the fuel line is long enough to reach the far side of your car but this is strictly not always the case with 4x4s or larger vehicles.

So what is a simple way of knowing? Scrapcarcomparison.co.uk has revealed the truth behind the fuel pump myths.

True: On your dashboard you will see the fuel pump icon. There will be a bold triangular arrow pointing to the left or the right alongside the pump which will indicate which side your fuel cap is on.

The same fuel pump icon, in some cars, may not have an arrow. But another indication is the handle of the pump will secretly tell you which side your fuel cap is on, so if the handle is on the right, your fuel cap will be on the right hand side of your car.

False: The position of the fuel pump icon will not indicate which side your cap is on. Some cars have it positioned top or bottom, right or left on a dial but this does not indicate where your fuel cap may be on all cars.

A spokesperson for the comparison site said many people are unaware of such a simple symbol.

“Most of the modern cars will have the little arrow to the side of the pump, which is your quickest answer. Some of the older cars may not have the arrow but another good indication is the side of the pump handle on the fuel symbol – this may be the case in a few of the older cars.”

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