Myths and misleading information can be found all over the internet. From mystical animals to lucky charms, we have heard them all. While most of them sound like complete nonsense, there are a few that regard vehicles. These exact ones aren't very funny and should be taken with a light hand. Here are a few car myths and why they aren't true:
Myth 1: You need to change your oil every 3,000 miles.
Fact: This myth originated in the era of older vehicles and conventional oils. Modern vehicles and synthetic oils are designed to last longer. Most manufacturers now recommend oil changes between 5,000 to 7,500 miles, or even longer for certain vehicles. If your mechanic or you see the oil change color (metallic or black), it can happen way before the recommended mileage.
Myth 2: Premium gasoline improves performance in all vehicles.
Fact: Premium gasoline has a higher octane rating, which prevents knocking in high-performance engines with higher compression ratios. However, using premium gas in a vehicle designed for regular unleaded fuel provides no significant benefits. Simply, use the fuel that is recommended by the manufacturer!
Myth 3: Myth: Your engine is better off idling than being turned off and on
Fact: Idling for long periods is bad for your engine. It burns more fuel and creates more emissions. Modern engines can handle frequent start-ups, so it’s more fuel-efficient to turn off the engine if you’re waiting for more than a minute. However, avoid frequent start-ups in very cold weather as it may stress the battery and starter motor.
Myth 4: Red cars are more likely to get pulled over by the police.
Fact: The color of your vehicle does not influence the likelihood of being pulled over by the police. Law enforcement officers primarily focus on factors such as speed, driving behavior, and vehicle violations. While a vibrant red car may catch attention, it doesn't make it more prone to attracting the attention of law enforcement.
Myth 5: All-wheel drive (AWD) makes your vehicle invincible in all road conditions.
Fact: AWD provides improved traction and stability on slippery surfaces, such as snow or wet roads. Actually, it does not make your vehicle immune to the laws of physics. AWD does not enhance braking or cornering abilities. It's important to drive cautiously and adapt to road conditions, regardless of whether your vehicle has AWD or not.
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