Today I was in Eureka and drove into the Costco gas station. I guess most vehicles have gas tank access on the left, because each of the lines for spots on the right side of the gas pumps were four or five vehicles deep while the spots to the left of the pumps were occupied with no vehicles behind them. And to my satisfaction, two vehicles in the one of the left side spots pulled out at once, giving me immediate access. I pulled to the forward pump, and several cars who came in behind me got into line for right sided spots. It was a few minutes before a vehicle pulled in behind me.
I’ve got a secret. See, my tank access is also on the left side of my vehicle. But I pulled into a space with the pump to my right. Why? The secret is below the fold.
Because the pump hose is long enough to stretch to the opposite side of the vehicle.
Now don’t spoil it for us and tell anybody!
Oh, and one more tip. Don’t fall for the premium gas hype. For about 9 out of 10 vehicle models, there’s no difference in the performance of various grades of gasoline. If you’re paying more than the smallest price available at your pump, you’re probably throwing money away.