Auto-Care: The Top 5 Old Wives Tales

Don’t eat within an hour of swimming or you will get a cramp. Carrots
can improve your vision. Eating too much chocolate can cause acne or bad
skin. We’ve heard these warnings before, better known as “Old Wives
Tales”. What are they exactly? Old Wives Tales are a type of urban
legend, similar to a proverb, which is generally passed down by old
wives to a younger generation (hence it’s name). Such “tales” usually
consist of superstition, folklore or unverified claims with exaggerated
and/or untrue details.

As an Insurance agency, we care about protecting your car. What tall tales have been told for the betterment of your car? People
want to protect their vehicles at all costs, so certain rumors could
sway people to treat their cars in a different way. Here some of the folktales that we think you should definitely be skeptical about.

5. Changing your oil every 3,000 miles.
watch your odometer go up everyday. Also that little sticker on your
windshield you got from your last oil change constantly reminds you when
you are due for your next one. So is it necessary to get your changed
every 3,000 miles to avoid a catastrophe? Afraid not. In truth, today
most vehicles are
designed to go 7,500 miles or more between each oil change. So why do
they say every 3,000 miles? Oil changes cost money right? Your money –
they more you change it the more money you give to your mechanic. In reality the
only vehicles that should change their oil more then others, are drivers
who drive on mountainous terrains, though dusty environments, and towing
vehicles (vehicles that work a lot harder then just getting from A to

4. High Performance Care Mean Premium Gas.
most vehicles on the road run great on good ol’ regular-grade fuel.
Don’t get it twisted premium grade gas isn’t bad for your car, but it
certainly won’t improve your car’s performance. Premium grade gas just
contains a higher-octane level meaning less pre-ignition problems. Less
pre-igntion problems? So I should get premium then? Yes you should, if
you drive a race-car and participate in NASCAR races. Premium fuel is designed for
hotter running,
high-compression engines, and cars that circle a track for hours. I
wouldn’t waste the money with gas prices what they are today.

3. Household dish-washing and laundry detergents can clean a car.
made this one up? This is as true as having an eraser polish your art
work. Using household detergent can not only clean your car, but clean
it so good it will strip off a car’s wax finish. That’s what I call
spotless! Try to avoid that method of car washing at all costs. Just use
a car-wash liquid, formulated to clean your car – plain and simple.

2. Jumping your car will automatically recharge the battery.
wish it worked like that. Your car’s battery could take hours until it
is fully charged, especially during the colder months. Think about it,
you have your iPod, and whatever power accessories connected, as well
the car’s own features which can draw in so much electricity that the
car only has a small amount left over to recharge a run-down battery. It need time, no Hogwarts magic involved.

1. Warm your engine before driving.

Let’s face it, car manufacturing has changed a lot since years before.
Today’s car engines have the ability to warm up more quickly when they
are driven. The thought behind warming up a car, which is true, is that
the sooner they warm up, the better the fuel economy and performance will be. Sometimes warming up your car has it’s advantages especially during the winter time to avoid mother nature’s icy grip. Auto starters would be a good investment.

-Robert Catalano