Last time, we brought you a few common car myths that are still rattling around in the public. Needless to say, there are more than a few out there. Here at J. Bertolet Volkswagen, we thought it’d be helpful to talk about a few more to help clear up more misconceptions. So, here are more common car myths.
1. SUVs Size Makes Them Safe
Many people assume that SUVs are very safe cars because they are very big. The idea is that in the event of a crash, the bigger car will take less damage and keep the driver safe. But SUVs, often categorized with trucks, aren’t held to the same safety standards most cars are. Smaller cars with many implemented safety features and responsive driving can be much safer and easier to drive than an oversized vehicle with wonky handling that has a very high center of gravity in crashes, great roll over risk, and a lot of trouble with parking.
2. All-Wheel Drive is All You Need for Snow
All-wheel drive is very helpful in getting traction in bad weather as well as gaining speed through snow. The one thing many people overlook about all-wheel drive though is that it doesn’t help you stop any faster in snow. Which, if you’ve ever been caught breaking on ice or snowy roads, is a huge issue. The best way to prepare your car for snow is by putting on snow tires during the winter months.
3. Bigger Tires Perform Better
Larger tires might help NASCAR vehicles perform better, but, like premium gas, that’s because those vehicles and racetracks are designed for it. Larger wheels on most consumer vehicles might have a neat look to them, but will actually have a negative effect on your car’s performance and fuel economy. Larger tires have a greater weight putting a strain on your engine, sucking more gas and needing more acceleration. Even greater a threat is that larger tires are more perceptible to damage from rough terrain, bumps, and potholes, because of their smaller sidewalls.
4. Using a Cell Phone While Pumping Gas Can Cause an Explosion
Once, I was having a conversation with a friend as I was filling up on gas. She promptly freaked out when I told her I was filling up on gas. She scolded me, warning me that I could blow up if I used my phone while filling up my car. These ideas date back to an urban and unfounded myth that wireless signals from phones can ignite fuel vapors. There is not a single documented case of such an event happening and all scientific data finds no relating evidence between the two.
We hope you’ve enjoyed more common car myths from us here at J. Bertolet Volkswagen. Make sure to stop by or call for any help with your Volkswagen and automotive needs.