Saturday, September 6, 2008

What They Don't Teach You in Driver's Ed

Have you ever pulled up to a gas pump and hesitated because you couldn't remember which side of the car your gas tank is on? Even worse, you actually parked your car at the pump, got out, and discovered that your tank was actually on the other side of the car?

It used to happen in our family a lot. There's my car that I drive every day, hubby's car, his company-issued truck, and my daughter's car. It's easy to forget which side the gas tank is on for each car.

But I recently learned something that no one ever told me: your gas gauge has an indicator for that. Who knew? Hubby swears that he knew all along, but he just forgot. Yeah, right.

The next time you get into your car, Gas gauge take a peek at your gas gauge. See that little triangle next to the gas pump icon? It will point to the left or the right. That's the side that your gas tank is on. As you can see, my gas tank is on the right side of my car. Pretty neat, huh?

If you're feeling a little smug right now because you already knew that, good for you. But if you had absolutely no clue, don't feel bad. I feel your pain.

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  1. I've did it so many times in my years of driving, especially if we had got a new car:)
    I didn't know and the next time I'm in the car I'll check it out.
    Thanks Rondell

  2. Rondell -

    It's especially handy to know this when you're on vacation and have a rental car!


  3. I had to giggle when I read your blog because it is so true...I don't know how many times I pulled up to the pumps and was on the wrong side. I just learned this, this past year that existed on the car.
    I bet it is something that alot of people are unaware of.


  4. I had never heard of this little fun tip.... thanks for sharing it!

  5. I did not know that my husband says he did (of course)!
    I got my mugs today and I love them, posted them on my blog! Beth

  6. Well you learn something new everyday and I love this one. Same thing happens here!! Thanks for that really helpful tidbit!!

  7. Okay...the hubby & I both ran out to our vehicles to check this!...LOL....yeppers it is there!....even he did not know that one!...great tip!

  8. We didn't know that either!!! How funny that the arrow has always been there and we never knew it!!LOL thank for sharing that!!~Wendy

  9. That sure is clever. And I'll admit I was one of the "clueless" ones. LOL
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. thanks for telling me, I did not know that!

  11. I had no clue! Thanks for the tip.

  12. I'm laughing! I had no clue!!!!
    Good stuff!

  13. Way too cool. I love this. How many times I've driven my mom around in her car and I don't have any idea what side her tank is on. Now I'll remember and have something fun to share!!

  14. OMG!!!! You have solved an issue for me and hubby that we always are confused about!! Woohoo!! Thanks Pam!

  15. Thank you! I'm glad to hear I'm not the only person that has this problem. Except I usually don't figure it out until I've gotten out, pulled the nozzle and go for the latch. I've also then gotten into the car and pulled around in a circle to the other pump on the other side, only to discover it's still on the wrong side. I was so embarrassed I just about didn't get gas that day!
    I love your blog, you keep me inspired and laughing!


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