Most recent car myths in the UK and are they true?
13 June 2023
By Joy Pearson
The world of cars is full of myths and misconceptions that have been whispered and passed around over the years. However, with the advancement of technology and research, many of these myths have been debunked. In today's post, we will take a look at some of the most recent car myths throughout the UK which have now been proven false and how they came about in the first place.
There is a common belief that using premium fuel will improve your car's performance, fuel efficiency and lifespan. However, this is not true. Most cars are designed to run on regular fuel, and using premium fuel will not make any noticeable difference in your car's performance. In fact, using premium fuel in a car that doesn't require it can actually harm your car's engine and cause damage over time. Using a higher-octane fuel than your car's manufacturer recommends won't provide any additional performance or fuel efficiency benefits. Premium fuel is only recommended for high-performance cars that require it.
Many people believe that it's necessary to warm up their car's engine before driving in cold weather. However, this too is indeed a myth. Modern engines are designed to warm up quickly and driving your car gently for the first few minutes is enough to warm up the engine. Idling your car in cold weather not only wastes fuel, but it also increases the wear and tear on your engine as well as causing harm to the environment.
Manual transmissions are always more fuel-efficient than automatic transmissions. I'm sure some have heard of this common myth but studies show that while manual transmissions used to be more fuel-efficient that automatic transmissions in the past, modern automatic transmissions are now more advanced and efficient than ever before. In fact, many modern cars with automatic transmissions have better fuel efficiency than their manual counterparts. For example, some modern automatic transmissions have a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that can optimize fuel efficiency by keeping the engine at a constant RPM.
There is a common belief that red cars are more expensive to insure that other colors. This is simply not the case. The color of your car has no impact on your insurance premiums. Insurance premiums are based on a variety of factors such as the make and model of your car, your age, and your driving history. Insurance companies do not consider the color of your car when calculating your premium.
Using a mobile phone at a petrol station can cause an explosion, this is a myth that has been circulating for a long time. Many people believe that using a mobile phone at a petrol station can cause an explosion, however, there is no evidence to support this claim. While it's always a good idea to be cautious around petrol stations, as they are still a hazardous environment and it's important to follow safety rules and regulations when refueling your vehicle, using a mobile phone is not a significant risk.
There are some of the most recent car myths circulating around the UK. As technology continues to improve and evolve, it's important to stay up to date on the latest facts and information regarding cars and car maintenance. By doing so, you can ensure that you are making informed decisions when it comes to your car and avoid falling victim to common myths and misconceptions.