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Forget everything you think you know about gas mileage. Well, maybe almost everything you know about it. Here are some myths about fuel mileage that you probably thought were true, but might not have been.
Driving a smaller car– This myth may have been true many years ago, but today’s vehicles are made with advanced technologies, like aerodynamic designs, direct fuel injection and advanced transmissions, making them fuel efficient.
Driving a car with manual transmission– Again, this is something that may have been true way back when. However, the vehicles of today are made in a way that manual transmission vehicles and automatic transmission vehicles relatively have the same fuel economy.
Warming up the car before driving it– This is another myth that used to be a fact. However, the vehicles of today are made so that they can be driven just seconds after being started. Years ago, vehicles were made with carburetors and chokes, which were not very fuel efficient.
Replacing the vehicle’s air filter– Earlier vehicles were made with carburetors and weren’t very fuel efficient. This was because air went right through the air filter into the carburetor. Today, vehicles are made with engines that are fuel-injected and feature an on-board computer that will adjust the fuel-air ratio automatically.
Driving a car that is a newer model year– As long as a vehicle is properly maintained, it will likely still have good fuel efficiency, no matter if the vehicle is a 2002 or a 2017.
Using premium gasoline– Unless you drive a vehicle that requires that you use premium gasoline, like the Chevrolet Corvette, the Dodge Viper, the Subaru Forester or the Volkswagen Jetta, there isn’t a fuel economy advantage to using premium gasoline versus regular gasoline.
All vehicles are tested for fuel efficiency– Currently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t require every single vehicle to be tested for fuel economy. The agency only requires vehicles that weigh 8,500 pounds or less to be tested for fuel efficiency.
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