Some common beliefs about cars and the automotive industry are wrong, but so many people still believe them. These wrong beliefs can sometimes cause drivers to make bad decisions concerning their vehicles that can cost them quite a lot of money or even endanger themselves and their passengers. Therefore, we’re here to clear up some misconceptions. Here are the top car myths that we want to debunk, today!
Manual Transmissions Offer Better Gas Mileage
This myth persists because it once was true back when automatic transmissions were new, but this is no longer the case. Advances in technology, particularly with options like continuously variable transmission (CVT), offer a broader range of gear ratios, which is where manuals once had the edge. Today, automatic vehicles offer the same (or even better) fuel economy than their manual counterparts. Which one you end up buying all depends on your personal driving preference!
Cranking Up the Air Conditioning is Better Than Cracking the Windows
This myth is so commonly held that Mythbusters tackled it on the popular Discovery show. There is some basis in the myth, however, because rolling down the windows causes more wind resistance, making your vehicle less aerodynamic. Still, Mythbusters and other experts have found that cranking up the A/C actually leads to a slight decrease in a vehicle’s fuel economy, even though using the air conditioner is generally recommended to help keep drivers alert.
You Should Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles
The rule that you should get an oil change every 3,000 miles exists because, like most myths, it was once the truth. Older cars did require more frequent oil changes, but this simply isn’t the case anymore. Many modern cars can actually go as far as 10,000 miles without needing new oil. We don’t recommend pushing your car to the limits, however, since engine oil gets grimy over time and will stop lubricating your engine altogether. You’re better off checking your owner’s manual for your specific model’s recommendations and sticking to that recommended schedule.
Premium Fuel Makes Your Car Run Better
It seems like a no-brainer. More expensive fuel should make your run-of-the-mill SUV run like a high-performance coupe, right? Actually, no. Premium gas isn’t any cleaner or purer than regular – it’s just less combustible, which is necessary for cars with more powerful engines. Using a higher octane gas for your non-premium car offers no benefit whatsoever, so unless you enjoy wasting money at the pump, stick with regular.
Let Your Car Warm Up Before Your Drive
In the winter months, it’s tempting to let your car idle to allow both the engine and cabin to warm up. Not only does this bad habit waste gas, but it’s also bad for your car. Unnecessary idling in cold weather causes your engine’s moving parts to wear down faster, resulting in the need for more frequent repairs.
About Peninsula Auto Body
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