Empty Fuel GaugeMy colleague Andy B has a theory. He has noticed that the nozzle on the fuel pump symbol on a car dashboard (the symbol that lights up when you are running low) is positioned to correspond with what side of the car the fuel cap is. It’s a great tip if it is true. I do find it frustrating when I pull into a petrol station with an unfamiliar hire car but I do not know what side of the fuel pump to park at (admittedly part of this frustration is because I’m too lazy to get out of the car and check!).

Andy B has tested his theory on a few cars and the only model that has so far disproved this was a Ford Fiesta. However, I must stress that this was an old model. So can anyone confirm whether this is in fact true? Has anyone checked this on their own cars? Better still, can the manufacturers who read this blog confirm that this is something they consciously add in to the design of their cars?!

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8 Responses to “Possible tip to work out what side your fuel cap is”

  1. Robert Says:

    Sorry Rob,
    While a nice idea, in practice it is not always the case I’m afraid.
    Yes, it does work sometimes (maybe even more times then not) but not always.
    In fact I think it’s not even the case on the A4 I am driving at the moment…

  2. Matt Says:

    I agree, it’s so frustrating to pull into the station and realise you have no idea which side to pull up on. If this theory proves untrue, it should be noted as a thoughtful feature for car companies or Avis to institute – even just a little sticker would be nice.

  3. julie Says:

    can wait to get out to my car, which is a toyota mr2 and find out if this is true… ohh how many times have i been made to look a fool in petrol stations…..

  4. Rob White- Marketing, Avis UK Says:

    Robert, you are correct sir. I got a lift into work this morning and I curiously looked at the fuel pump symbol on the dashboard of my mate’s 207. Having quizzed him on the position of his fuel cap I was devastated to find that the two didn’t match up. So this theory is officially disproved!

    Julie, I know exactly how you feel! Hopefully the theory proves true for your Toyota MR2 at least. No more looking a fool! Let us know how you get on.

    Matt, you’re right. We should use this as an opportunity to drive change! If we can convince the manufacturers we work with to make this one small change so that our lives are that little more simple then my job here is done! Your sticker idea is a good one. I’ll pass on to the Service Excellence team.

  5. Marcus Says:

    The new Mercedes C Class has a tiny arrow next to the fuel low icon pointing to the correct size!

    I thought it my duty to check a couple of other cars, and can confirm the Mazda 5 also has a small arrow, while the new Laguna and the VW Jetta have the guage on the correct size – although I can’t escape the thought that it’s little more than coincidence on most cars…

  6. Rob White- Marketing, Avis UK Says:

    That’s cool. Unfortunately I never get to drive the C Class :(

    I did check this on my Renault Clio (slightly different kind of car!) and it did prove true. However, like you Marcus I cannot help but feel this is a coincidence following Robert’s comments above.

  7. Adam - Coventry, Avis UK Says:

    All fords have an arrow on the fuel gauge idicating the side of the car the fuel cap is on, if they are on the Mazda too then it may well be the case on all Ford Group cars, maybe I could borrow a Range Rover from Prestige to test this theory…. and maybe an Aston too. Even though Ford only own about 5% of Aston now, a good excuse still.

  8. Mark B - Perth, Scotland Says:

    If you are ever unsure, pull up real close to the pump so the hose will reach either side… lol

    It has worked for me in the past, trust me.

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