We’ve all heard them before. There are many tips and tricks surrounding the auto industry that people believe will improve their overall driving experience. In reality, some of these tips and tricks are myths that can cost you money. To avoid falling victim to false information, here are some popular debunked myths to know.
You need to change your oil every 3,000 miles
The 3,000 mile rule has been debunked by the newer vehicles. Although you should refer to your car’s owner’s manual, most cars can go as far as 5,000 – 7,500 miles before needing fresh oil. Changing the oil every 3,000 miles can be unnecessary and will cost more money than you need to spend.
Manual transmissions offer better fuel economy than automatics
This was the case back when automatic transmissions were still new to the market. However, advances in technology have given automatic transmissions additional gears that make them equal to or better than manuals.
Red cars are pulled over for speeding more than non-red cars
While the myth suggests that a bright color car will make the police notice you more, the color of your car really has nothing to do with getting pulled over. Statistically, the Mercedes Benz SL class convertible gets pulled over for speeding more than any other car, no matter the color. This is mostly due to its ability to go 0-60 MPH in four seconds. White cars are actually pulled over for speeding the most, but only because white is the most common car color and there are more of them on the road!
Using premium-grade gasoline is better for your engine
The myth argues that premium-grade gasoline helps your car run smoother, have more power, and get better gas mileage. While premium-grade gasoline is necessary for high-performance engines that are normally seen in sports cars, Consumer Reports’ testing saw no marked performance benefit. However, there is a marked benefit to your wallet to drive your car using regular gas.
SUV’s are safer than small cars
Many assume that if a car is bigger, it provides more cushion and will keep you safer during a crash. In reality, according to Auto Parts Warehouse, your safety depends on the safety features and ratings of the car, not the size.
Filling your tank in the morning saves money
This myth is backed by the science that gas expands in heat. This would mean that you get less fuel if it’s sitting in the hot sun all day compared to in the morning when the liquid is cooler. Although the science is correct, gas is stored in underground tanks where heat barely fluctuates.
You should drive with your hands at “10 and 2”
Although we are taught that you should place your hands on “10 and 2” according to a clock, this position will actually break your thumbs during an accident when the airbag deploys. This driving tip was invented in the era before steering wheels had airbags. It is now recommended to put your hands at “9 and 3” according to a clock.
Constantly changing lanes in traffic will get you to your destination faster
Your mind plays tricks on you in traffic, making it seem like cars are constantly passing you. However, for the most part, all lanes tend to balance out and move at relatively the same pace. Constantly changing lanes is dangerous and increases the likelihood of getting in an accident.
Cold engines need to be warmed up before driving
While it’s true that a car engine functions at a lower efficiency when it’s cold, an idling car emits the lowest possible output and does not do much to warm the engine. It also wastes gas, which makes it better to warm the engine up by simply driving.
Bigger tires perform better
Just because your tires are bigger, does not mean they drive better. In fact, bigger tires are heavier and interfere with your cars performance and fuel economy. Narrow tires perform just as well and according to My Car Connector, provide better stability in snow and rain.
When it comes to your car, it’s important to not believe everything you hear. Instead, be sure to do research and refer to your car’s owner’s manual for the most reliable information.