Top 8 common misconceptions about cars

Apr 30, 2018 | Same topic: Let's drive smart!
People believe many things which are actually not true, and some of them are even ridiculous.

You might have heard that cars with a manual transmission save gasoline more than ones with an automatic transmission or using mobile phones at petrol pumps could cause fires or explosion, etc. People believe many things which are actually not true, and some of them are even ridiculous.

Today Philkotse.com has listed down top ten misconceptions about cars. Check out if you accidentally believe in any of them!

1. Manual cars save gasoline more than automatic models

In fact, in the early days when the automatic transmission was not popular, a manual transmission car could save gasoline better than an automatic. However, after the electronic fuel injection technology or car with a CVT transmission was born, the automatic transmission can even save much more gasoline than the manual one.

A car clutch

Cars with a manual transmission save gasoline more than cars with an automatic transmission?

2. Running jet fuel in a car can turn it into a “rocket vehicle”

You have probably heard that running jet fuel in a car will boost the car speed magically. However, this idea is completely wrong because a car cannot break the speed limit whichever fuel they are powered by.

Even so, the car can’t run and may be broken if you put jet fuel in it.

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3. The use of mobile phones at petrol pumps could cause fires or explosions

Most petrol pumps require their customers to not use their cellphones when they’re at the station. The fear is that the electromagnetic radiation from a mobile phone could impart enough energy to ignite petrol vapor directly.

Sign at petrol stations warns against cell phone use

No connection between the petrol and the cellphone

However, the Federal Communications Commission says this is just a hypothesis. They also conducted some experiences and found no connection between the petrol and the cellphone. Fires and explosions aren’t caused by cellphones.

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4. Car misconceptions popularized by movies and series

There are tons of misconceptions from movies which include unrealistic scenes about cars as well. 

If you shoot a car's gas tank will it explode

You might have seen the actor fires a bullet into a gas tank then the car explodes in many action movies of Hollywood. But it's totally not true.

shoot a car's gas tank

Firing a bullet into the car's gas tank then the car explodes?

The Discovery Channel has proved it. In a test conducted by the channel, a bullet was shot through the gas tank, but they did not catch any fire, which means that the car wouldn’t explode.

Hiding behind a car to avoid being shot

Hollywood heroes would always hide behind cars to avoid being shot, but this should not be done in real life.

Hiding behind a car to avoid being shot

Hollywood heroes would always hide behind cars to avoid being shot

Actually, most bullets shot will penetrate the car body. So the car is not a good place to hide away from a gunfire except the car has a steel body.

If you want to avoid bullets, it's best to hide behind a mound, a large rock or a steel objects.

5. Adulterated petrol may damage our car

Nowadays, there are some petrol pumps sell low-quality petrol to customers and some motorists who even look for adulterated fuel due to its cheap price. There is a belief that those low-quality products would lead to a breakdown of the car.

In fact, adulterated petrol does not badly affect the cars or could cause shorten the life of the vehicle's engines as much as we thought. If you want to save your car fuel, check our article about 6 useful tips to increase your car’s fuel efficiency to set your money aside as well.