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Top 7 Car Myths, Debunked

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Cars these days are much more advanced than they have ever been in the past. In the last few years, we’ve seen huge gains in technology, safety, and comfort that make car ownership easier than ever before. Now that you’re driving in the 21st century, it’s time to dispel some old car myths that have been clinging on for dear life. Here are the top 7 car myths, debunked.

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Top 7 Car Myths, Debunked: Windows vs. A/C

Windows Up, A/C On

During your driving career, chances are at least one or two people have told you to blast your A/C and roll up your windows (or vice versa) in order to get better fuel economy. The truth is a bit tricky. In fact, it depends on the kind of driving you’re doing. If you’re mainly in the city, driving at slower speeds, it’s probably more efficient if you turn off your A/C and keep your windows down, but at faster speeds (50 mph and above), the opposite is true.

Top 7 Car Myths, Debunked: manual transmission

Choose Manual for Better Efficiency

It used to be true that driving stick would get you better fuel economy, but in recent years there have been extreme improvements to automatic transmissions, and these days the opposite is true—particularly if you’re driving a vehicle with a continuously variable transmission. So if you prefer the feel of driving a manual, by all means go ahead—but don’t assume that you’re saving money at the pump.

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Top 7 Car Myths, Debunked: pumping gas

Pump Gas in the AM

In the morning, temperatures are lower, which means that gasoline is denser, and you get more for your money. This would be true if gas were stored aboveground, but in the underground tanks, the temperature remains pretty much the same all day, and the gas you pump will come out around the same density no matter when you fill your tank.

Top 7 Car Myths, Debunked: Change your oil

Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles

An oil change every 3,000 miles used to be standard, but with today’s cars, that’s simply not the case. It depends on the make and model of your vehicle, but many modern cars can go 10,000 miles before needing an oil change. Don’t just assume, though—check out your car’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends, and then stick to that schedule.

Top 7 Car Myths, Debunked: premium gas

Premium Gas is Gold

Premium gas is better than regular gas, so therefore it’ll make your car run better, right? Well, that depends on which car you drive. A car with a fairly regular engine, like an Outlander, will get by just fine on regular gas. The only reason you’d need to choose premium is if you drive a vehicle with a hotter-running, high-compression engine. Otherwise, you’re essentially throwing money away.

Top 7 Car Myths, Debunked: larger cars like 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

Larger Cars Keep You Safer

These days, automakers are subject to stringent safety regulations, which means that compact cars, which used to be considered less safe, are now oftentimes safer than larger cars or SUVs. Not only are cars built sturdier these days, but they’re equipped with multiple airbags that will deploy in case of an accident. A big car might help you feel safer, but that’s not necessarily the case.

Top 7 Car Myths, Debunked: warming up car

You Car Runs Better if You Warm it Up

Modern-day engines are designed to run smoothly from the moment you turn the ignition. Sure, you probably don’t want to be too heavy on the gas until your engine’s warmed up a bit, but it certainly won’t hurt your car to drive it before it’s warm. It might hurt your fingers in the middle of winter, though, which is where the wonder of remote start comes in.