We have a fairly comfortable routine when it comes to the College Kid coming home for a weekend visit. I pick him up on Friday, getting an hour of him all to myself, and my husband gets his hour on Sunday when he drives him back. But yesterday my husband took the younger one to the Nascar race, so I made the drive back to campus. As is often the case when my husband has driven the truck, I had to put gas in it. While I was waiting for the tank to fill (it takes a while), the vehicle in front of me pulled away and I saw a small, white car waiting to pull up to the pumps. Because of the angle, I could see there was no gas filler door on the driver’s side, so all she had to do was pull up to the front of my truck and all would be well.
I drew you a picture. Arrow 1 shows the location of her gas cap. Arrow 2 shows the path she needed to take. Also, my ponytail wasn’t that fluffy. (I took the liberty of shedding a few pounds, too.)
She then proceeded to turn her car around in a series of pull forward – back up – pull forward – back up that went on for quite some time. The gentleman pumping gas on the other side of the island and I made eye contact briefly, as if silently asking “Should we tell her?”. Of course not. Once she had totally turned the car around and backed it up to the front of my truck, her male companion got out of the passenger side and walked inside to pay in advance for the gas. As I was getting in the truck, he went to the pump, pulled the handle and…no gas filler door!
I got the door closed in time to muffle our laughter and I said: “He should have looked when he walked by.”
The College Kid said: “She could have looked at the indicator on the dash.”
I looked at him like he was a crazy person. “There’s no dash indicator for which side your gas tank is on.”
He looked me like I was the crazy person. “Of course there is. It’s industry standard.”
There’s an arrow. I’ve had my license about twenty-five years and have owned at least a dozen vehicles and I never knew this.
(In my defense, my husband didn’t, either.)