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Crazy Car Fact or Urban Legend? Separating the Truths From the Myths

It’s tough to tell, sometimes, what’s true and what’s not when it comes to car misconceptions. Here are some crazy car facts that are actually true. The Lamborghini Veneno (Italian for “venom”) sells at 4.5 million U.S. dollars, it is the most expensive car ever made. It can accelerate to 62 mph in 2.9 sec and produce a top speed of 220.5 mph. Car thieves are more likely to steal the 1994 Honda Accord, the 1995 Honda Civic and the 1991 Toyota Camry more than any other vehicle ever made. They are not only easy to steal, but the parts sold separately are worth more than the car itself. The first windshield wipers were hand-operated. South Africa’s carjacking rate is 18x higher than the U.S. Their were only 4 automobiles registered in the United States in 1895. The first speeding ticket wasn’t issued until 1902. Cars are no stranger to urban legend, of course, these are simply that, Urban Legends. Greedy gas s ... read more

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Car Misconceptions about Accident Survival That Cost Lives

Between opinions freely shared on the Internet and Hollywood, there is no shortage of car misconceptions out there that amaze, confuse, and ultimately cause people to make bad decisions. Here are three of them: Over Drive Gives You a Surge of Speed The phrase “over drive” causes confusion among many people. It sounds like something that ought to give your car an extra burst of speed. When you’re passing a car on a highway and it looks like you won’t quite make it before the passing lane ends, rumor has it that you should kick your car into over drive to shoot by. How this myth got started isn’t clear but the truth is that over drive is just a high gear ratio designed to improve gas mileage at a high speed. That is, it’s a gear for fuel-efficient high-speed cruising. A high gear ratio by itself doesn’t give your car extra power or acceleration. Bigger Tires Make Your Car Go Faster Our association of big wheels wit ... read more

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Three Car Theft Misconceptions That Will Leave You without a Car

Car theft usually happens when you least expect it. You may be walking to your car after a hard day at the job only to find an empty spot where you thought you left it. As you walk through the parking lot, hoping against hope that you may have parked it in another spot, the awful feeling finally sinks home: your car was stolen. Unfortunately, this all too common experience happens to many people because they weren’t prepared. They thought it couldn’t happen to them because they acted on common car misconceptions about theft that left them without a car. Here are three of them: No One Will Steal My Car Because It’s an Old Clunker There are at least two reasons why this is a myth. First, old cars are easier to steal because they lack the latest anti-theft technology of the newest cars. While it’s true that smart thieves do find ways of defeating state of the art anti-theft devices, there are fewer of them around. It’s basically a bell-shaped-c ... read more

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5 Tips for Wakefulness — Keeping Yourself and Your Car on the Road

The holidays are not far away! And for many people that means road trips. Campanella’s would like to take a moment to remind you to stay safe during your travels, and to keep your car safely on the road. Keeping alert while driving is a major key to driving safety. Here are 5 tips to keep you awake and your car rolling down the highway, getting you to your destination safe and sound. Get adequate rest This tip may sound simple but its importance can’t be overstated. Driving while fatigued should be avoided at all costs. If you know you are going to start out on a trip, do whatever you need to do to ensure you get a good night’s sleep the night before leaving. That said, sometimes the act of driving itself can cause a person to become drowsy, particularly on long trips. Some call this phenomenon road hypnotism. Here are four more tips to prevent that from happening to you. Keep your eyes active Keep ... read more

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Synthetic Oil For Your Car

You depend on your vehicle to get you from Point A to Point B. However, there are certain things that you need to do to make sure your vehicle is in top shape at all times. One of those things is changing the oil on a regular basis. Oftentimes, people shy away from using synthetic oil because they believe it is bad for their vehicle. To help you make an informed decision on which oil is best for your ride, explore a couple of the following car misconceptions.Synthetic Oil is Going to Cause a Leak While synthetic oils did cause issues with the seals back in the 70s, things have changed since then. With all of the advancements in technology, that isn’t the case today. The synthetic oils of today don’t cause your engine seals to shrink and they aren’t going to cause leaks. Vehicles with more than 75,000 miles should consider using the high-mileage version of this oil. You Will be Stuck Using Synthetic Forever Conti ... read more

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Three Car Battery Misconceptions Debunked

Everyone likes offering advice to others. It makes them feel helpful, knowledgeable, and it helps someone in need. Unfortunately when it’s about cars, it’s often the wrong advice. When people don’t check their facts, their well intended advice perpetuates car misconceptions that do more harm than good. Here are three common myths about car batteries. Not Driving Your Car Much Means the Battery Is in Mint Condition While this may be true for some of your car parts, it isn’t for your car battery. If you only drive your car a few blocks down the road to the grocery store once a week, the battery will likely require more frequent replacements than your neighbor’s who drives hour-long daily work commutes. While his battery gets hour-long recharging twice a day, your battery steadily discharges as it sits in your driveway. Starting your car drains yet more charge from the battery and your short drive to the store doesn’t recharge the battery ... read more

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Owning the Night: 3 Misconceptions About Driving Your Car After Dusk

So you’re driving late at night and are having a hard time of it. The tip you picked up about reducing glare from oncoming traffic doesn’t help and only makes it harder to see, and you’re losing your battle against fatigue and drowsiness despite some “helpful” advice from a friend. What exactly were these useless words of wisdom? Read on to learn about these three car misconceptions about night driving. Yellow Tinted or Yellow Polarized Glasses Improve Your Night Vision Do an online search for night driving glasses and lots of sponsored ads appear showing yellow tinted or yellow polarized night glasses. They must work if companies are selling them, right? Wrong. While they may help during the day in foggy or hazy conditions, the tint only reduces the amount of light that reaches the eyes. At night your eyes need as much light as possible and anything that reduces it also reduces your night vision. If you aren’t required to wear glasses ... read more

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It’s the 21st Century, So Where Are the Flying Cars? The Flying Car Myth

The 20th century was an amazing period of technological advancement. It progressed from horse and buggies to moon landings, multi-megaton hydrogen bombs, and jet aircraft like the SR-71 that flew so fast (mach 3) and high (80,000 feet) that even missiles couldn’t come close to knocking it out of the sky. With explosive technological growth like that, surely by now we should have flying cars like the Jetsons. This car misconception that started after the 2nd world war and continued through the 1980s never materialized. Why? There are at least three reasons for this: physics, human limitations, and economics. For now, our knowledge of physics doesn’t allow for things like antigravity. Because gravity isn’t completely understood, antigravity can’t be completely ruled out. But this very unlikely possibility won’t happen anytime soon. This leaves us with using the air for providing lift which means using wings, propellers, rotors, or jet turbines. In short, a fly ... read more

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2 Sensible Car Misconceptions Debunked

Good old common sense. For the most part it works. It tells us that really hot things are best left untouched, that you shouldn’t jump in front of a fast car, or stepping off a cliff is a bad idea. However for more complicated things, you can’t always trust it. The reason for the technology that we see around us today is that common sense was rejected centuries ago in favor of the scientific method. The scientific method essentially says that your assertions must be tested first and be repeatable before they’re accepted. It’s the testing that matters, not common sense. In that vein, here are two car misconceptions that seem sensible on the surface but are actually false: Leaving Your Tailgate Open Improves Your Mileage This seems to make sense when you imagine air flowing across the top of your pickup and then down into the bed where it meets the vertical surface of your closed tailgate. Surely this must cause more drag when the airflo ... read more

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Car Misconceptions: The Myth of the American Made Car

Back in the 1960s, Ford, GM, and Chrysler (the big three) dominated car production in the United States. People who held manufacturing jobs with these companies were well paid, had great benefits, and lived the American dream. When the 1970s brought higher gasoline prices, small foreign-made cars became popular in this country because of their fuel efficiency. The big three lost their dominant share of the U.S. auto sales market and many American auto workers lost their jobs. Since then, there has been a lot of patriotic fervor for buying American made cars to support American jobs. Thanks to globalism, this is difficult to do because in fact, the American made car is a car-misconception, a myth. The sad fact is that buying American made today comes down to choosing a car that uses the highest percentage of American parts and labor. Is buying a Toyota Camry, buying American? Toyota is a Japanese auto maker that “makes” the Camry, a pop ... read more

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