Here are some debunked automobile myths. In which one did you believe in?
Common Automobile Myths
If there is any consumer product that is the subject of more myths, we’d like to know what it is. Maybe because cars have been around so long is the reason that so many myths exist. Whatever the reason is, there are a ton of myths about automobiles involving their care and use and you’ve probably heard many of them already. We spoke with the professionals at Miracle Chrysler of Gallatin, a local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealer in Gallatin, TN and they helped us examine some of these myths.
SUVs are safer than cars – Maybe. The term SUV is not well defined. Some SUVs are unibody and some have frames. Some are large (Chevrolet Suburban) and some are small (Subaru Outback.) As a result, SUVs may be safer than ordinary cars, it depends on the SUV and how it was built.
All gas is the same – Sort of. While the basic gas formula is similar between brands, each gas company adds their own secret brand of detergent and other additives to keep internal engine components clean. Just take a look at the advertising of a specific gasoline brand and you will see the amazing advantages all spelled out for you. Is it all marketing? Opinions vary.
Bigger engines keep you safer – This one is just not true but you hear it all the time. It really doesn’t matter what size engine you have during a front-end crash. The engine may be pushed toward the passenger compartment regardless of its size. The real factor in whether an engine gets pushed far into the passenger compartment is a factor of the structural design of the car.
Leather seats are hands-down the best interior – Well, that depends. Leather is a wonderful material and has a nice rich smell to it, but it needs to be maintained. Leather is also colder to the touch in cold climates than fabric. Some people just don’t like sitting down on cold leather.
Hard tops are safer than convertibles – This was the case long ago, but not anymore. Vehicle safety is front and center among manufacturers today and convertibles are now just as safe as hard-tops.
Increasing speed limits causes more accidents – People usually attribute speed with accidents. This is the case sometimes, but not always. Studies actually show that most crashes tend to happen more in lower speed zones than they do in the higher ones. The reason this myth exists is that the accidents at high speed tend to be worse.
AWD vehicles are superior in the snow – This is definitely true when starting off and driving in poor weather. Just keep in mind that AWD can’t help you stop any faster!
Wider tires perform better – Not really. A wider tire will help a race car handle better, but for ordinary cars, there is little effect. Unless you specifically want wider tires, more narrow ones are cheaper to buy and use less gasoline.
Change your oil every 3000 miles – This used to be true, but not anymore. Today’s vehicles are designed with much longer oil change intervals, up to 8,000 miles is not uncommon.