There’s nothing better than going for a ride on an open road with a lot of time to explore. If you’ve been driving for most of your life, then you’ve probably heard these car myths that have been going around for years. Read below about some common car myths that you might have heard from your parents.
A convertible is more dangerous than a covered car
In the 1960s, this was a fact, but it’s not that way anymore. Since technology has developed, and safety is one area that manufacturers focus on, convertibles and hard-tops are both safe. Even in an accident where your car rolls over, most brands have bars that pop out to protect passengers from hitting the pavement.
If a tire is wider, it performs better
A wider tire will help you if you’re racing in the Indianapolis 500, but it won’t help your regular car perform any better. For snow and rain, a narrow tire is better suited for conditions. So unless you have a reason for wider tires, just stick with the manufacturer suggested size.
The engine is stronger than the brakes
Even if you drive the fastest car in the world, the brakes will stop you. When you slam on both pedals, most cars will cut the throttle. There’s no threat of a runaway car
When gassing up, it’s okay to get back in the car
When you get in and out of a car, you build up static electricity. When you touch the metal handle of the pump, you could release that static shock. To be safe, just wait until you’re done pumping gas.
There’s no need to inflate the run-flat tires
People will assume that since the tires are called run-flat tires, they don’t need to fill them up when they lose air pressure. That is not true. The tires are only designed to allow the car to get to the nearest area where you can swap out the tire. It’s just like a regular tire.
A bigger engine will keep you safer during a car crash
This is a selling technique that salesmen like to use, but there’s no truth to it. A big engine will still move toward the driver in a major frontal car crash.
Trucks are better for snow conditions than cars
Many trucks that are produced today are rear-wheel drive. That will cause problems in snowy conditions. Because there is little weight over the back tires, the chances of losing control and spinning are greater than when using a front-wheel drive car.
Cars are not as safe as SUVs
SUVs do not have the same safety standards as cars since SUVs are classified as trucks. Sure, you could say that a bigger car will fare better in a collision, but that would not be the case if the bigger vehicle doesn’t have the same safety standards as a smaller car.
When driving in snow, all-wheel drive is what you need
All-wheel drive will help you in the snow and maintain control when going through low-traction areas. The best way to deal with snow is to put snow tires on your car in the winter months. Any car will perform better with that addition.
You should change car oil every 3,000 miles
This is an old rule, and those that follow it are just wasting money. Cars produced today can travel 10,000 miles before needing an oil change. Each car has different requirements, so you’ll need to check your manual. In general, you will be fine—even if you miss the 3,000 mark by a few thousand miles.
The best seats are leather
Having leather seats are actually a pain to take care of. You’ll have to maintain them because worn-out leather just does not look good.
If you modify your car, you will void the warranty
You will not void the warranty by modifying your vehicle, but if the part that you modified has a problem, that won’t be covered in the warranty. The rest of the car will still be covered
All gas is the same
The gas component is the same in all brands. The difference is what they add to the gasoline. Each brand has their own type of detergent to achieve what they think is the best blend
A higher speed limit will result in more crashes
People think accidents all have to do with speed. This is the case sometimes, but there are exceptions. If speed limits did not exist, not everyone would be driving at a crazy speed. More crashes happen in lower speed zones than in higher ones.
Once your car has been in an accident, it will never be the same
Your car will look almost 100 percent the same as it did before the accident, especially if you went to a good repair shop that pays attention to detail. The car will be different, but outwardly, it will have the same look after it is repaired.
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