The 5 Most Common Car Myths

Myths expand far wide, be it common health issues or how many glasses of water you need to drink per day. When it comes to cars, they are no exception.

Those who are well informed about the inner workings or components of cars, or have a knack for mechanics know what they are talking about. And then most of what other people say about cars isn’t true and cannot be accepted.

In this blog, we cover the most common car myths that you need to stop believing:

The Bigger the Car, the Safer it is In a Crash

If you look at this one from an average person's perspective, it does seem to make sense. While in the middle of a car crash, you would want for there to be more mass between you and the other, impactful car, right? While scientifically it is accurate, recent research suggests that you are safer in a smaller car than in a bigger one. Not because car size or weight is the factor, but that smaller cars have better safety features - newer ones, to be exact. So this myth is not all true.

You Lose More Fuel When a Car is Idle

This myth has lost its accurate status because, well, it is now a myth. Back when carburetors were needed to blend fuel and air to be utilized, it made more sense that a car lost more fuel to being idle. But thanks to the invention of modern fuel injection, which can be found in most cars, ignition is possible without any unnecessary loss of fuel. You save up on petrol costs, too, and need not worry much. So, this information is not accurate anymore.

Tuning Up Regularly Extends Car Life

Car engines comprise complex pumping, churning, and rotating components or at least, old car engines. It made sense to regularly tune up an old car engine because each part had a life cycle that, upon reaching completion, would require either repairs or a change. Modern engine parts are far more durable than their old counterparts, and the systems rely more on computer software for keeping repairs and everything else in check. That's a hard no on this one, too.

Cold Engines Need Some Warming Up Before Driving

Yes, engines are not as functional when cold as warmer engines are, but to let them remain idle by working them up just to get some heat going is not necessary. By leaving an engine on idle, you are basically working it up at its lowest possible output. It won't be until you drive the car around that the engine becomes more functional. No need to "warm it up," per se.

Engine Oil Needs Change Every 5000 km

This is another case of time. Older engines tend to build upon sludge and malfunction. Newer engines are not prone to these issues, and you do not need to change your car's oil every 5000 kilometers.

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