Most people like to think they know what they’re talking about. To be honest, a lot don’t. In our lives a lot of information and advice is passed around as fact when a lot of it is outdated, based on misunderstandings, or is just plain wrong. These myths can be taught by our parents, heard from friends, or even read on the internet, but we often believe them because they’re so common that everyone automatically thinks they’re true. We here at J. Bertolet Volkswagen have come to your aid to debunk these common car myths.
1. Premium Fuel Makes Your Car Run Better
Premium gas exists for one reason. High performance cars need high-octane fuel that is less combustible to preserve their engine from damage. Your sedan, van, or SUV does not need premium gas because its engine does not require less combustible fuel.
2. Manual Transmission Has Better Fuel Economy Than Automatic
This one is a myth because it used to be true. Read: Used to be. Back in the day, when automatic transmission was still new, it lacked a variety of gears and the ease of change. Now, with the advance of technology, automatics meet, and in some cases exceed, manuals in terms of fuel economy. So, while older cars may still have this advantage, you should simply choose automatic or manual by your preference when buying a newer car.
3. Electric Cars are More Likely to Catch Fire after a Crash
Whether this started as a smear campaign of malicious rumors from certain manufacturers or oil companies, or simply from the fear of a new and strange invention, there is no truth to this myth. The truth is, both electric and gas-powered cars can simply ignite under certain, bad circumstances. Electric cars pose no greater risk of fire than gas-powered vehicles.
4. Using the A.C. is Better for Fuel Economy than Opening Your Windows
Now, this is not to say that you shouldn’t use your air conditioning if you’re miserable while driving. It’s important to keep yourself alert and comfortable on the road, and you should use the A/C to do so if necessary. But while most people believe the resistance from open windows can slow down a vehicle, the gas used to power A/C is greater and this practice won’t take you as far by comparison.