Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Burning Question

Sometimes I think we spend too much time on our computers. Of course, if I didn't, I never would have found this question, nor sought out the answer. "Why isn't the auto fuel filler door on the same side in all cars?"

If you look at the picture, you'll see a diamond pointing to the left, or driver's side. After you get back from checking your own car (I'll wait...I know you're going to do it...go ahead), it appears that, although there's no federal regulation that decrees the filler door must be on a particular side, one reason for its location is convenience for the driver.

In the US, the steering wheel is on the left side of the car. Thus, I'm told that most US-manufactured cars have the filler door on the left, because it's easier and more convenient for drivers to pull up with that side toward a gas pump. On the other hand, if your car is manufactured to be driven in Europe or Asia, the filler door may be on the right side.

This brings up a number of other questions, like: "My car is manufactured in Asia, yet the filler door is on the right. Why is that?" And, "If they can move the steering wheel to one side or the other to accommodate driving patterns for different countries, why can't they do the same with fuel filler doors?"

And the answer to those questions? Sorry, but that's all the time we have today. You'll have to research those for yourself.

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