There’s hardly an action film out there that doesn’t feature a scene wherein the protagonist dives behind a car to escape gunfire. We regret to inform you that only in Hollywood can a car stop a bullet. In reality, they pass right through them.

There are a lot of car myths in circulation. They range from harmless and silly to potentially expensive. (And even dangerous, if you were to ever find yourself in a firefight.)

Still think that manual transmissions are more fuel efficient than automatic transmissions? They were at one time. But thanks to improvement in performance technology, automatic transmissions have become more efficient.

Anyone ever tell you that putting premium gasoline in your car will make it run better? That’s only true if your vehicle is designed for it (like some luxury and performance cars). Business Insider, quoting the Federal Trade Commission, states, “In most cases, using a higher octane gasoline than your owner’s manual recommends offers absolutely no benefit.”

For the longest time, when it came to changing your motor oil, the magic number was 3,000. That was the maximum number of miles you could drive between oil changes. Just like with automatic transmissions, oil has evolved considerably over the years. The range now looks more like 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Your owner’s manual will give you your best guess.

Though we’d hate to even further ruin your enjoyment of action movies, there’s also another classic action movie device that’s false. Gas tanks don’t explode when you shoot them.

If you have any more questions about car myths, feel free to come see us at El Cajon Mitsubishi. We’re here to answer any questions you might have!