There are enough myths in this world for people to believe. The internet world has plenty of myths to enlighten you with. Since the automobile industry is vast, we have our own myths to deal with. If people ever tell you the things listed below, be certain to not believe them. Here are 8 driving myths that you may be having in your mind and need to get rid of right away!
Men are better drivers than women
Let us make a correction in the statement. Men like to believe that they are better drivers than women. Most men will tell you how terrible women are at driving. However, statistics have something else to say. Recent studies show that women are safer drivers than men. The crash insurance that men claim is more in numbers than women do. Moreover, the biggest blunder a driver can make is a rear-end crash. Studies have suggested that nearly 2/3rd of the rear end crashes are done by men. Therefore, women are comparatively safer drivers. Also, men experience way more fatal accidents than women do. This adds to the fact that women appear to be safer drivers than most men. If someone ever tries to take over the car saying “men are better drivers than women”, you know how to reveal the facts.
You should drive with your hands at 10 and 2
It is strange to still hear this statement since this steering position was out of fashion a long time ago. Your parents or elders will often tell you to keep your hands at 10 and 2 while driving. However, it is the most illogical advice to give. One can believe this because of the invention of airbags in the cars. Power steering is also one of the major reasons for ditching this steering position. The “nine and three” position is more sensible to follow.
Driving test examiners have to fail a certain number of people
And hence failing a driving test doesn’t mean that you aren’t good enough to drive.
People often believe that driving test examiners have to fail a certain number of people. Isn’t that the strangest thing you have heard today? However, people will accept this fact. Give it thought, which government would like to increase work for themselves?
Traffic police have a quota to fill so they go around booking people
Well, it is weird to know that people believe this myth. Have you ever had policemen pulling you over for no reason? Of course, they do not cook up stories that you were speeding or breaking certain laws. You might have been unfairly noticed breaking a law. However, it is pointless to believe that policemen book you without a good reason.
Speed cameras are entirely different and hence we are not willing to prove the belief that they are money making machines and not installed for road safety.
Driving with thongs on/bare feet is illegal
If driving with thongs on was illegal, we can’t imagine the number of fines people will get in summers. While driving with thongs is absolutely legal, it is rather an uncomfortable option. Also, driving bear feet is the best way to control the car. It is also legal in Australia. Make sure you are not driving in heels. Wearing high heels while you are driving can be an extremely dangerous thing to do.
Red cars are faster
And what kind of a myth is that? Yes, we agree that Ferraris are red and so are most sports cars. However, we cannot neglect the fact that these cars are available in all colors. We feel it is extremely unimportant to explain why it is a myth. Just in case you were wondering, we’ll let you know that it is next to impossible.
Talking on the phone hands-free is much safer than holding it on your ear
Talking on the phone if it is on Bluetooth is legal in Australia. If you are not balancing your phone in between your thighs and have your phone on loudspeaker, you can talk on the phone while driving. You must have a proper cradle for that. It is not a safe option let alone safer than holding the phone on your ear. Studies have proven that talking on the phone while driving is very dangerous.
Even if you have your phone on Bluetooth, phone conversations can be very distracting. This distraction occurs due to the visuals people think of while in a conversation. These visuals can distract the driver from the driving process. It is also believed that accidents caused by talking are phone can be more severe than the ones caused while driving when the person is intoxicated. Therefore, make sure you are not having a chit chat with your friend while driving a car.