3 Driving Myths: Debunked

Nate Crosby |

3 Driving Myths: Debunked 

Driving is a crucial part of daily life in Ohio and throughout the US, with millions of people using vehicles to commute to work, run errands, and travel. However, with the widespread use of cars and trucks, many myths and misconceptions have arisen about driving practices in the US. 

We have chosen our favorite three myths and the truth behind them to share with you, but to read more driving myths, visit the website of our partner, Erie Insurance.

Myth #1: Red Cars Cost More to Insure 

We’ve all heard it – heck many of us have probably even said it – don’t buy your dream car in red because you’ll be pulled over for sure. Many people also believe it will cost more to insure them. Based simply on factory color alone, this is absolutely false. There are many factors that go into determining an insurance rate but the color is definitely not one of them. 

So go ahead, get your dream car in your dream color – even if it is red! 

Myth #2: You Should Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles 

This one comes up all the time. Every 3,000 miles in fact! Historically, auto experts did recommend changing the engine oil every 3,000 miles – that part is true. However, technology in both cars and engine oil has changed over the years leaving that 3,000-mile recommendation as very conservative.  

In more recent times, modern synthetic oils are actually designed to last up to 10,000 miles between oil changes. Most manufacturers will recommend between 5,000-7,500 or more. Make sure you always consult the recommendation for your specific vehicle when it comes to changing your oil and routine maintenance. 

Myth #3: Using Bluetooth While Driving is Safe 

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 13% of all auto accidents are caused by a distracted driver – resulting in more than 3,000 deaths each year. And the number one cause of distracted driving: cell phone use.

When it comes to distracted driving, many assume that using a hands-free device or Bluetooth connection in your car makes it safe to call when driving. But cell phone use while driving will negatively impact the driver’s performance – even if the call is made using a hands-free device. It’s true that making phone calls using Bluetooth may be marginally safer than using a hand-held device, but remember distracted driving comes in all shapes and sizes. 

Knowing the differences between fact and fiction when it comes to driving can help improve safety on the roads. By obeying speed limits, avoiding cell phone usage, and adjusting driving habits based on weather and road conditions, drivers can help prevent accidents and protect themselves and other drivers.