Debunking Automobile Myths

You’ve probably heard dozens of myths associated with automobiles. Some of them are true but a lot of them aren’t.  Here’s eleven to consider:

Wide tires perform better – Yes, a wider tire will help a race car handle better, but for ordinary cars there is little effect. Unless you specifically want wider tires, narrow ones are cheaper and use less gasoline. This is the case according to the Parts department at Button Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM in Kokomo, IN.

Bigger engines keep you safer during accidents – This one is not true but you always hear it.  It doesn’t matter what size engine you have during an accident.  The engine can be pushed toward the driver regardless of its size.  The real factor in whether or not an engine gets shoved into the passenger compartment is the design of the engine’s support structures.

All gas is made equal – Nope. The basic gas formula is similar between brands, but each gas company adds their own brand of detergent to keep engine components clean.  Just take a look at the advertising at the gas station if you have doubt about this.

SUVs are safer than cars – SUVs are often held to different standards since they are technically trucks in the law’s eyes.  As a result, SUVs might be safer than ordinary cars, but it depends on the SUV and when it was made.

Hard tops are safer than convertibles – This was the case long ago, but not now. Vehicle safety is a huge priority amongst car makers today and convertibles are now just as safe as hard-tops.

Leather upholstery makes for the best seating – Well, that depends. Leather is a fabulous material and has a nice rich smell to it but leather needs to be maintained and overtime, the material can wear out into seats that no one wants. It is a matter of choice.

Increasing speed limits causes more accidents – People typically attribute speed with accidents. This is the case occasionally, but not always. Studies show that most accidents tend to happen more in lower speed zones than they do in the higher ones.

All-wheel drive vehicles are superior in the snow – While all-wheel drive will help you have control in low traction areas, it can’t help you stop any quicker! Honestly, the best way to deal with snow is by putting snow tires on your vehicle during the winter months.

Modifying your car will void your factory warranty – It depends, most manufacturers will give you a tough time if you mess with the engine and engine control units.  Generally speaking, anything involving the interior or tires is okay, though.

Every 3000 miles, you have to change your oil – This used to be true but not today.  Today’s vehicles are made with much longer oil change intervals, up to 10,000 miles is common.

Maintenance is unnecessary – That’s never been true. You need to make sure that any worn-out parts are replaced and that all mechanical components are working correctly. If not then you may have some disaster. Get the recommended maintenance done on your car!

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