It’s a sad fact of life that people profess to be experts on particular topics when, in fact, they know nothing at all about them.
The motor industry is one classic example of where people make stuff up, and others believe what they say.
Have you ever heard of some “facts” that car mechanics or enthusiasts might have told? If so, you might have wondered whether some of the bold claims you’ve heard in the past were fact or fallacy.
In today’s handy guide, I will debunk a few common motoring myths for you. Oh, and feel free to research my answers in case you want to make sure I’m telling you the truth!
Myth: We will all be driving electric cars by 2020
It’s impossible to know what types of vehicles people will drive in five years! Going by the cars that we all drive now in 2015, I’d say that it’s not likely we will all be driving cars without internal combustion engines!
There are many reasons to back up my “counter” prediction. First, there’s the fact that electric cars cost a small fortune to buy brand new. And that’s taking into account government grants that apply to such purchases.
Next, there’s the cost of maintenance. Electric car batteries are notoriously expensive to replace. They have a limited lifespan. And you can’t just go into your local Halfords, for example, and get a replacement!
Myth: Manual transmissions are better than automatics
Better in what way? Let’s look at the facts. Today’s modern automatic gearboxes are designed to meet the needs of demanding motorists. It’s possible to use them as if they were clutchless manual transmissions.
They’re controlled by sophisticated electronics that take into account all driving conditions and styles. They have more forward gears than the old “slush boxes” of the 1970s to 1990s. Still don’t believe me?
Take a look at the manual and automatic cars sold by Inchcape Toyota. The performance and fuel efficiency figures between them are similar. In some cases, they are the same!
Myth: Save money on your petrol costs by filling up on a cold morning
Ridiculous! Yes, it’s a well-known fact that petrol is denser in colder temperatures. But you forget one important fact: petrol gets stored in tanks deep underground! The temperature of these underground storage tanks doesn’t fluctuate much.
So, in reality, you’re not getting a whole lot of extra petrol for free by making a trip to your filling station at 5am on a cold winter morning!
If you want to save money on your petrol costs, there are better ways of doing so. For example, you could use a smartphone app to help you learn about the fuel costs in your local area. That way, you can fill up from the cheapest vendor in your town or city.
Another way is to avoid premium fuels unless your engine demands them. They only have a placebo effect on otherwise standard cars. And they’re a waste of money for such vehicles too!
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