Common Car Myths
Most of us have experience driving and riding in vehicles. Everyone has different opinions on how to take care of vehicles, which vehicles are the best and much more. We’ve all heard various opinions about vehicles throughout our lives and while some are factual others might be myths. Here are a few common misconceptions about vehicles:
- New technology will make up for bad driving habits
With technology making everyday things easier for us, it can also make us more dependent on these technologies to keep us safe. The new tech in your car could prevent you from drifting into the wrong lane, alert you when there are objects near you and some cars can even help you drive. While many new car technologies enhance our safety, it can be easy to rely too heavily on these new features and ignore defensive driving practices. Relying too heavily on your cars tech on the road may cause you to give yourself permission to pay less attention to what going on around you. This can be dangerous so remember to use technology as an addition to keeping us safe while practicing good driving habits.
- Cars are an investment
Vehicles do a lot for us – but it is not the same as an “investment” that you expect to increase in value. Many of us use cars every day to go to work, school, the store, and more. You might have heard that once you drive a new car off the lot it depreciates and this is true. While it may be a good idea for you to buy a new car, consider it might not be a good “investment” in terms of monetary value. Every year your car loses value because the more you drive it, the more it ages and eventually it won’t be in the same condition as when you bought it. There are plenty of reasons to buy a brand new vehicle, but you shouldn’t buy one expecting it to increase in value over time because that rarely happens.
- Premiums gas will make your car perform better
Premium gas costs more than regular so that means it will do more for your vehicle - right? Not usually. Rarely does your vehicle need premium gas to make it run better or faster. If your vehicle manufacturer tells you that your engine only needs regular 87 – octane then that’s what should go into your vehicle. What makes your vehicle more powerful is the engine itself. Different engines compress fuel differently so knowing what fuel is best for your particular engine is key. Premium gas does not equal better gas in most circumstances.
Hopefully this short article will help you understand some of the most common car myths. What isn’t a myth is how your AmShield agent can help you understand your car insurance coverage options. Talk to them about what you need.