There are a lot of reasons certain car myths have been perpetuated over the years. Some of it has to do with the complexity of their engineering. If you’re not an expert, how would you know? Other myths used to be true but aren’t anymore. However they’ve survived, here are a few car myths that need to go!
# 1 – High-octane fuel can make you vehicle perform better.
This myth seems to come from a basic logical fallacy. As an article on Jalopnik points out, performance vehicles designed to run on high-octane fuel can suffer if you put lower octane fuel in them. This might lead a person to believe the inverse: if you put high-octane fuel in an “economy” vehicle, it will improve performance. It doesn’t.
# 2 – You should get an oil change every 3,000 miles.
Back in the day, vehicles were “built with loose tolerances.” This meant that oil became contaminated quickly, necessitating the 3,000-mile requirement. However, engine technology has advanced immensely since those days, meaning you can wait 5,000 and sometimes 10,000 miles between oil changes.
# 3 – You need to let your car warm up in cold weather.
Again, this is one that seems logical but just doesn’t hold up. Oil and engine components do require time to warm up but idling doesn’t do it very quickly at all. Driving does.
The most important part about giving up these particular car myths is they can save you time and money. Just like the Toyota Prius!