hands on a steering wheelWhen you hop behind the wheel, it’s likely that you have a list of rules, which you never question, running through your head.

There are many archaic driving myths floating around, and while these rules mean well, a lot of them are not true. Rick’s is here to dispell some of those bogus claims.

Four Untrue Driving Rules

  1. Idling Saves Money Compared to Turning Your Vehicle Off: There is no instance when idling, or parking your vehicle and letting it run, is a good idea. Not only is it a waste of fuel, but it can be dangerous, especially if you leave the car while it’s running.
  2. You Need to be Driving 10 MPH Over the Speed Limit to Get a Ticket: Even if you exceed the speed limit by 1 MPH, you could get a speeding ticket, so slow down!
  3. Keep Your Hands at 10 and 2 O’Clock: The best way to position your hands is actually at 9 and 3 O’Clock, according to experts. This is because if you’re in 10 and 2 and the airbags deploy, you will smack yourself in the face.
  4. Premium Gas is Always Better: In years gone by, this was true. Using regular gas would cause your engine to make a weird noise. This was a sign that the gas exploded on its own, instead of after the sparkplug fired. This error was corrected during the 90’s. Today, there are a few cars on the market that require premium gas, but it can’t hurt to test things out. Fill your car with regular and see how it performs, and you may find that you don’t need to shell out for the pricier fuel.

At Rick’s, we want to make sure our customers know the difference between fact and fiction so they can stay safe on the road.

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