If you’re in the market for a car, whether new or used, you’ll likely meet scores of people who will tell all sorts of stories about automobiles. Not all of those stories, however, are true. If you want some help distinguishing which is real and which isn’t, you’re reading the right article.
Manual transmission offers better fuel economy
Back when automatic cars are relatively new, this used to be the case. Today, however, the aged manual vehicles are continuously being outpaced by newer generations of automatic vehicle. The continuously variable transmission, for example, offers an infinite range of gear ratios).
AWDs help you dodge objects and corner better
All-wheel drive (AWD) is primarily designed to help a vehicle accelerate faster, not necessarily to help it avoid road hazards and grip the pavement better when driving around corners. A vehicle’s performance in these situations is determined mainly by a combination of the tires, suspension, and vehicle weight (not to mention the location of that weight).
A bullet to the gas tank goes boom
If you’re told to go electric (i.e. Tesla cars) just because conventional gas cars are dangerous, don’t believe them. Those people still rely on a situation rampant in action movies, where a bullet tearing through the gas tank causes an explosion. Fuel is combustible, no doubt. However, the TV show MythBusters debunked this, firing a bullet through the tank and seeing it completely pass through without an explosion.