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Top Myths About Car Performance

Every car in the world drives a little bit differently than the next, and vehicle owners seem to be in a constant struggle of how to make their automobile perform, to the best of its ability. There are many myths and misconceptions these days as to why your car may not be operating at its complete potential. From how far the wheels are apart, to the speed of your acceleration, to how weight is distributed throughout the vehicle, here are some of the most common beliefs busted so you can truly get the optimal performance out of your vehicle.

One of the most common myths when it comes to performance and handling is that the weight of the car needs to be distributed 50/50 between the front and rear axles. While natural distribution of weight in more high performance cars does find itself close to this ratio, the more important feature is where the vehicle's center of gravity lies. This is what allows your car to have the most optimal handling possible. The better the inertia is distributed through the car, the better it will handle and perform.

In terms of handling, there is another popular myth that has taken hold, and that is that a larger diameter wheel and a lower profile tire with improve handling on the vehicle. Wheels with a larger diameter were actually only intended to accommodate larger brakes. While lower profile tires do in fact improved steering and responsiveness, the improved handling on the road comes directly from the composition of the tire itself and the tread it provides. There are not any proven advantages of a larger wheel on a lower profile tire.

Another common myth believed by most drivers today is that your car needs to absolutely have an oil change every 3,000 miles or you run the risk of causing permanent damage. While letting your vehicle run for a year on end may be a little drastic between oil changes, many modern vehicles can in fact run for up to 10,000 miles and still be in excellent shape. While it can depend on how short your drives are and how many miles you drive in a calendar year, your car will most likely be just fine if you let it run over that 3,000 mile mark.

While every car is different, and you should certainly keep up maintenance as frequently as you see fit, these are just a few of the commonly believed myths about your vehicle's performance that aren't completely true.