Here we have presented a list of 5 common car myths that you have been taught throughout your life, that aren’t always true.
- A car is never the same after an accident:
This myth only exists because YOU know about it. 99.9% of people who see your car after an accident will never know that it has ever been in one. It is the same feeling you get when someone else drives your car…it doesn’t matter if they didn’t adjust anything, you still feel the need to correct everything afterwards. It just *feels* different. We car repair specialists go into extreme detail to repair your car to as close to new as possible, the only real difference might be an aftermarket part or two.
- Cold engines need to be warmed up first before driving:
This myth is kind of true and kind of false depending how you’re thinking of driving it. It is true that a car doesn’t operate at full capacity until it is warm, however, the quickest way to warm up your car is to get driving. Sitting in the car in your driveway is wasting extra time trying to warm it up by just idling. So unless you’re preparing for a race, just turn it on and get moving!
- Automatic transmissions burn more fuel than Manual transmissions:
This may have been true once upon a time when auto transmissions came into market. However, these days with features such as cruise control and continuously variable transmission, sometimes automatic transmission can actually be more fuel efficient. Overall, it may still apply to some vehicles, however, it is not as simple as a general blanket rule anymore.
- It is safer to drive with your doors unlocked in the case of needing rescue in an accident:
This kind of does make sense, however, the negatives far outweigh the positives in this myth. AT the end of the day, if you are in need of rescuing after an accident, emergency services will literally do WHATEVER it takes to get to you, so you’re covered there. Leaving your doors unlocked actually leaves you more susceptible to injury if the doors come open during the accident, or theft if stopped somewhere like traffic lights.
- Bigger cars are safer in an accident than smaller cars:
We can understand the thinking behind this myth, as ideally you would like to have more space/material between you and the object right? Wrong. Studies have suggested that when directly comparing the vehicles size and weight in a car accident, the difference is negligible. In fact, smaller cars are generally more safer in an accident because of better safety features.
Don’t worry if you believed some of these myths, they are called common myths for a reason.