There is an icon on most cars that tells you which side of the car the gas cap is on.

Is My Gas Cap on the Left or the Right? Just Look at the Icon on the Dashboard

On most cars, on the dashboard next to the fuel gauge, there is a gas icon with an indicator arrow that points toward the side of the car the gas cap is on.

If you are in a rental car, or if you forgot which side of the car the gas cap is on, you can just look a the indicator arrow on the dashboard next to your fuel gauge.

If the car doesn’t have an arrow, the gas icon will be on the side of the car that the gas tank is on. If there is no gas icon, you are potentially in an electric car.


TIP: In the visual above the gas tank indicator arrow is over-exaggerated to give you an idea of what you are looking for. We have all seen this arrow before, now you know what it means!


That gas cap indicator arrow is super useful. Remember it is there and you’ll never have to pull up to the pump facing the wrong way again.

Vote Fact or Myth: "There is a Gas Tank Indicator Arrow"

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Rangutan on
Doesn't beleive this myth.

I have not seen it. Therefore it doesn’t exist.

Thomas DeMichele on

Translate that to Latin and you have a timeless quote for the fridge.

“Videtur quod non. Unde hoc non est.” – Cicero

Something like that.

Jon Simone on
Doesn't beleive this myth.

Not true on all cars

Thomas DeMichele on

Wow… really? There is a car that has an arrow that points away from the gas tank? Or just some cars don’t have them. I would agree some cars don’t have them, but seems crazy they would put an arrow and then point it away from the tank 😀