As a longtime New York City resident, I've never owned a car.
I drive fairly regularly, though, thanks to rentals, Zipcars, and the kindness of relatives and other not-quite-strangers.
Since much of my driving is done in cars I've never been in before, I frequently found myself pulling into a gas station with no clue which side of the pump I need to be on. So I'd guess, pick a side, get out, and about half the time, I'd have to get back in and pull around.
Now, I know that most drivers own their cars, and only run into this problem once, but I couldn't help but think:
Is there really no way to determine where the gas cap is before you pull up to the pump?