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Surprising myths about mileage

Surprising myths about mileage

Normally vehicle owners have certain myths about their mileage. Let us take a look at some car mileage myths.

Myth: driving a smaller car helps in getting better fuel economy

This is just a myth. Due to the big advancements in technology like hybrid drivetrains, diesel engines, direct fuel injection, turbocharging, advanced transmissions, low rolling resistance tires and aerodynamic designs, standard cars are becoming very fuel efficient.

Myth: Manual transmissions are more fuel efficient than automatics


With today’s technology, the advancements in automatic transmission have improved their fuel efficiency and made them equal and sometimes even better than manual transmissions.

Myth: More fuel is needed to start a car with key rather than letting it idle

The modern fuel injected engines are efficient at starting. This means it’s not necessary to turn off your engine when as it can wear out your starter.

Myth: Vehicles need to warmed up before driving

The engines in modern vehicles are efficient at getting to the right temperature. It can be driven within seconds of starting. However, avoid putting extra load before the operating temperature is reached.

Myth: Vehicle’s age reduces the mileage

It should be noted that a vehicle which is well maintained can be efficient for many years. It is also found that the mileage of the vehicle keeps improving till the break in period which is 5,000 miles on the odometer.

Myth: Replacing air filter improves efficiency

This is true to some extent especially for old vehicles that have carbureted engines. However, modern fuel-injected engines can adjust the fuel-air ratio automatically to the appropriate level. So replacing a muddy air filter does not improve the fuel efficiency, but it might enhance the performance of your vehicle’s engine.

Myth: Usage of premium oil improves fuel economy

This is really a myth and might not work for all vehicles except if your vehicle was specially designed for premium fuel. You can come to an opinion only after checking with your owner’s manual to see whether the usage of premium oil is recommended for your vehicle, and if so under what conditions.

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