We found a list online of things you learned about driving that are wrong. And with most of them, it’s because the technology in cars has gotten better. Here are the top four . . .
- Don’t drive with your hands at 10 and 2. It made more sense in the 50s when a lot of cars didn’t have power steering. But turning the wheel is a lot easier now. And because of airbags, it’s actually safer to keep your hands at 8 and 4 now.
- Don’t pump the brakes to keep them from locking up. Again, it only makes sense if you’re in a really old car, because anti-lock brakes do it for you now. If you’ve ever hit the brakes and felt them vibrate, that’s what’s happening.
- Don’t pump the gas if your car won’t turn over. It used to help when cars had carburetors, but there were fuel-injection systems in most cars by the 1980s. So now it doesn’t do any good.
- Don’t ride the brakes while you’re going over a speed bump. That doesn’t mean you should go over them at full speed . . . you should slow down BEFORE you get to a speed bump.
If you hit the brakes while you’re going over one, it makes your car lunge forward, so it’s harder on your shocks and you feel the impact more.