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Vehicles are part of everyday life for most of us

by:Tanco Tire,Timax Tyre     2020-08-16

Old Cars are Safer

I decided to start with this one because it is partially true. The belief is that since older vehicles were made with more metal, they must be safer. In the event that you have a head on collision that is true, however, head on collisions are far less common than other types of crashes. Statistically speaking, most collisions occur at an offset and modern vehicles take that into consideration. The other safety advantage of new cars is the multiple air bags systems. Even though there is some merit to this myth, I believe that newer is safer.

Modifying Tires Can Increase Fuel Economy

The actual term for this is Siping, which is referring to the act of cutting your tire treads to reduce rolling resistance. This act is sometimes even offered by 'old school' mechanics. Let's face the facts of this one though. If the numerous engineers at large tire companies and the billions spent on research and development couldn't find a way to decrease the resistance of tires, then why trust a single mechanic? Aside from not working, this practice will also decrease the life of you tires, so this one is only a myth.

The Cooling Off Period

Have you ever had a friend that told you about the cooling off period or the right to take back a vehicle within 3 days if you change your mind? If not, let me tell you about this one. Many people believe that if you make a purchase and then decide you made a poor choice, you can return the car within 72 hours. Wrong! This myth started during the 50's when door to door salesmen were common. A federal law was passed to protect those who were annoyed into making a purchase. As for car returns though, they have never been covered under this law. Sorry guys, if you buy the car you are stuck with it.

All Cars Can Go a While on Empty

This one is debatable but fun. First let me start by saying that the automobile industry has no set standard on how much fuel is left when the empty light comes on. This means that you could have 5 gallons of fuel or only 1 left. This one has actually gained enough attention that crowd sourced studies have been done to see how far vehicles can go on empty. The best bet on this is to keep your car full of gas and avoid the pain of running out.

You could spend all day sorting through common car myths, a few of which we covered here. The fact of the matter is use common sense. If want you hear sounds fishy or voids a warranty, you should steer clear of it.

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