15 Common Myths You Were Taught To Believe About Cars

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1/15 Leather Seats Are The Best

Leather seats are genuine leather. Many automakers tell you you're getting leather, but actually sell you synthetic vinyl or a blend of genuine leather and synthetic vinyl.

2/15 Bigger Engines Keep You Safer During Crashes

This is a great up-sale technique that salesmen like to use, but it's completely false. A big engine will still move towards the driver during a serious front-end collision, just as a small engine would.

3/15 The Engine Is Stronger Than The Brakes

Highly unlikely (assuming you have some life left in them). Even if you are driving the fastest production car available (Hennessey Venom GT, in case you were wondering) at full-throttle and then simultaneously step on the brakes, your brakes will still stop you. That being said, many cars available today will cut the throttle when you step on both pedals.

4/15 SUVs Are Safer Than Cars

Some SUVs are not held to the same safety standards that cars are, since some SUVs are technically trucks in the eyes of the law. While there is some merit to the thought that more mass will fare better in a collision with a lighter vehicle, this still would not be the case against an even larger vehicle.

5/15 All Gas Is Created Equal

While the gas component is the same throughout all brands, what they each add to the gasoline varies from one to the other. Every brand adds their own type of detergent to the gas to achieve what they believe is the best blend.

6/15 When Fueling Up, There's No Problem With Getting Back In The Car

Every time you get in and out of the car, whether you realize it or not, you are building up static electricity. Now, imagine touching the metal handle of the pump and releasing that static shock near highly-flammable gas fumes! Be safe and just wait next to the pump until your tank is full.

7/15 Convertibles Are More Dangerous Than Hard-Tops

This was the case in the 1960's, but not anymore. As technology has advanced and with safety being front-and-center among manufacturers, convertibles are now just as safe as hard-tops. Even in rollover accidents, most brands feature roll bars to protect your head from hitting the pavement.

8/15 Increasing The Speed Limit Will Cause More Wrecks

People usually attribute speed with accidents. As the great Jeremy Clarkson once said, "Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you."

Even if there were no speed limits, not all drivers would be flooring it in every situation. Studies have shown that drivers usually drive at speeds they are most comfortable with. Crashes happen more often at lower speeds, or while changing speeds (such as overtaking and changing lanes) more frequently than they do at high speeds.

9/15 All-Wheel Drive Is The Only Way To Drive In Snow

While all-wheel drive will definitely help you accelerate in snow and maintain control in some low traction situations, it offers no assistance in one major area--it can't help you stop any faster! The best way to handle snow is to put snow tires on your car during the winter months.

10/15 Trucks Are Better In The Snow Than Cars

Quite a few of the trucks produced today are still rear-wheel drive, which causes problems in the snowy conditions. Since there is very little weight over the back tires on trucks, the chances of losing control and spinning out are greater than that of front-wheel drive cars.

11/15 There's No Need To Inflate The Run-Flat Tires

Many people assume that since they're called run-flat tires that they don't need to fill them up after they have lost pressure. This couldn't be farther from the truth! Run-flat tires are designed with reinforced sidewalls that allow your car to safely (under a certain speed, usually 50 mph) get to the nearest service station. Run-flat tires are still normal tires, just with the added benefit of not having to hear that "thud thud thud" noise when it goes flat.

12/15 The Wider The Tire, The Better It Performs

This isn't always the case. Yes, a wider tire will help an indy car fly down the track, but it won't help your Chevy Impala perform any better. Unless you specifically need wider tires for a particular application, just drive with your manufacturer recommended width.

13/15 Your Car Will Never Be The Same After It Has Been In An Accident

Is your car going to be different after an accident? Simply put, yes, but not for reasons you think. Around 99.9% of the people who see your car after it's fixed will not be able to tell the difference. Most repair shops go into extreme detail when repairing cars, so the only noticeable difference may be an aftermarket part-or-two. The most significant difference after an accident will be its resale value. You will have to declare your accident to a buyer, or it will show up in a vehicle history report. The simple fact that your vehicle has been in an accident may reduce the value of the vehicle, regardless of the quality of the repair.

14/15 Modifying Your Car Will Void The Factory Warranty

Depending on what you do to the car, you're unlikely to void the warranty. If the part that you modified fails, then that part will not be covered under your manufacturer's warranty. The rest of the car should still be covered. You don't have to be a gear-head to modify your vehicle. A popular, and simple, modification is tinted windows. If you're concerned about voiding your warranty, simply give your dealer a call, and they'll be able to alleviate your concerns.

15/15 You Need To Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles

Tons of people are just throwing money down the drain by following this old rule. Most of the cars produced today can travel up to 10,000 miles before ever needing an oil change. Now, each car has its own requirement for oil changes (which you can find in the user manual), but you should be just fine if you miss the 3,000 mile mark.

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