reader-travel-tip2Find the Gas Cap Release
Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip come from reader Victoria L., who says:

“When renting a car, if it’s a model you’re not familiar with, do yourself a favor and find out where the release for the gas cap is located. This can save 10 precious minutes (or more) when you have to fill up at the end of a trip, and you’re rushing to get to the airport! These days these releases can be placed anywhere. Would you believe one release was located inside the glove compartment?!?”

A small step that could save you precious time later. Thanks, Victoria!

Related: How to make sure your rental car is safe.



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3 Comments On "Reader Travel Tip of the Day: Find the Gas Cap Release"
  1. William Chinn|

    When the Mazda Miata first came out, I was assigned to drive one. I had to pick it up in the bottom of a subterraneum parking structure. My first question was where is the headlight switch. Ok, not on the steering column, not on the dashboard, not near the gearshift. Had to get out of the car with a flashlight, on my knees I found it. Got back in and reached for the switch above my left knee.

    Had to fill gas on a Mitsubishi van. Looked around the outside of the car, no gas filling door. No open latch inside the van to go by sound. Finally found it back of the front seats.

  2. Julie|

    This tip is great ESPECIALLY since most car rental manuals are removed by the rental companies. I found this out the hard way

  3. Jeff|

    Also Johnny, I rented an Xfinity x80 last month and it didn’t have a door release at all. You just push on the fuel door and the latch releases unless the car is locked and then of course it won’t work. So this would be a good tip to your latest tip!

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