Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard

Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard

Some of these myths have been around for years despite making little sense.

We may earn a commission from links on this page.
Start Slideshow
Image for article titled Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard
Photo: Getty (Getty Images)

The anecdotal wisdom that gearheads pass down isn’t always wise or even accurate. Silly driving myths abound, like the old yarn about letting your car idle until reaching operational temperature, or the legend of the barefoot outlaw. SPOILER ALERT: You can legally drive barefoot, though why would you? Sure, it’s a footwell, but I don’t think it’s meant to be taken literally.

Advertisement

We asked readers to tell us about the dumbest driving myths they’ve heard, and these were their answers:

Advertisement
Previous Slide
Next Slide

2 / 14

High-Beam Gang Initiations

High-Beam Gang Initiations

Image for article titled Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard
Photo: Getty (Getty Images)

Ok, so like whenever I see a car driving at night with their headlights off, I flash my high beams at them to hopefully get their attention and convince them to turn their lights on. Some idiots do not do this because they are afraid that the car driving with its headlights off is actually going through some kind of gang initiation, and will attack the first car that flashes their lights at them.

Advertisement

Submitted by: Kaiser Khan

Advertisement
Previous Slide
Next Slide

3 / 14

Sans Seatbelt Survivor

Sans Seatbelt Survivor

Image for article titled Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard
Photo: Getty (Getty Images)

The one guy who was thrown clear of a wreck and walked away unscathed as his car burst into flames has a lot of nephews.

Advertisement

And

I literally met a woman the other day who was thrown clear of an accident and had her foot destroyed, she was completely unscathed other than her foot which I mean yeah... She considers herself lucky to have got away with just that and advocates seatbelt use now...

ALWAYS WEAR A SEATBELT

Submitted by: smalleyxb122, Dread_Pirate_Roberto, SmallTownPizzaConsultant, among others

Advertisement
Previous Slide
Next Slide

4 / 14

Left Lane Etiquette

Left Lane Etiquette

Image for article titled Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard
Photo: Getty (Getty Images)

Biggest myth I encounter is that the left lane is for passing only.

And

In 30 out of 5o states there is a specific law on the books that states drivers must keep right unless unless passing. In the other 20 states it states that “slower traffic must keep right”, most of which state “regardless of speed.”

Furthermore, the uniform vehicle code states “Upon all roadways any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall be driven in the right-hand lane then available for traffic.”

Advertisement

Submitted by: elgordo47, ItsYourBoyHobbes

Advertisement
Previous Slide
Next Slide

5 / 14

Loud Pipes Saving Lives

Loud Pipes Saving Lives

Image for article titled Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard
Photo: Getty (Getty Images)

Loud Pipes save lives.

No they dont, they just annoy everyone within 1/4 mile radius. Driver education saves lives.

Advertisement

Submitted by: Flat6ftw

Advertisement
Previous Slide
Next Slide

6 / 14

AWD Safer Than 2WD

AWD Safer Than 2WD

Image for article titled Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard
Photo: Getty (Getty Images)

AWD is “safer”. Yes, your car will generally have a better time accelerating from a stop. No, your car won’t necessarily stop or turn any better than a FWD or RWD car. AWD means nothing if you exceed what the laws of physics will allow.

Advertisement

Submitted by: Stephen

Advertisement
Previous Slide
Next Slide

7 / 14

Handbrake Don Juan

Handbrake Don Juan

Image for article titled Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard
Photo: Haynes

Girls are impressed by handbrake turns.

Submitted by: moistened bint

Advertisement
Previous Slide
Next Slide

8 / 14

All-Seasons Sub For Winter Tires

All-Seasons Sub For Winter Tires

Image for article titled Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard
Photo: Getty (Getty Images)

That “all season” tires are fine in the winter. No, no they are not.

Submitted by: Elon’s Backdoor Musk

Advertisement
Previous Slide
Next Slide

9 / 14

Fancy Fuel Octane

Fancy Fuel Octane

Image for article titled Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard
Photo: Getty (Getty Images)

This one never goes away: Premium fuel is better for your car because it’s “premium”.

Of course, all of us enlightened Jalops already know we should just use the octane grade that the manufacturer recommends for our vehicle, don’t we?

There have been a gazillion threads about this, yet, people still get their odd ideas about octane from their uncle JimBob and consider it gospel, sigh...

Advertisement

Submitted by: factoryhack

Advertisement
Previous Slide
Next Slide

10 / 14

BMW “Turn Signals”

BMW “Turn Signals”

Image for article titled Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard
Photo: Jalopnik / José Rodríguez Jr.

BMW’s come straight from the factory with turn signals.

(Even I don’t know what the small light on my front fender is for.)

Submitted by: Doctorwhotb

Advertisement
Previous Slide
Next Slide

11 / 14

ABS Is For Wimps

ABS Is For Wimps

Image for article titled Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard
Photo: Getty (Getty Images)

Big automatically means safe

“I don’t wear a seatbelt because I know 3 people who died in crashes with their seatbelts on and 2 people who got thrown from their car before it exploded and were totally fine” (some variation of this)

ABS lengthens your stopping distance and “real drivers” don’t need it

(I heard this from a motorcycle salesman in ’09 and promptly walked right out of the showroom.)

Advertisement

Submitted by: SmallTownPizzaConsultant

Advertisement
Previous Slide
Next Slide

12 / 14

Stop Signs Optional

Stop Signs Optional

Image for article titled Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard
Photo: Getty (Getty Images)

Stop signs are optional if they have white borders.

Submitted by: theart

Advertisement
Previous Slide
Next Slide

13 / 14

“Shoddy” Modern Car Construction

“Shoddy” Modern Car Construction

Image for article titled Here Are The Dumbest Driving Myths You've Heard
Photo: Getty (Getty Images)

“They don’t make ‘em like they used ta! My old car was made of steel and would destroy a new car in a crash!”

Yeah, sorry gramps, I’d rather have crumple zones and passive safety features over the chance of getting an entire engine block and steering wheel rammed through my ribcage, thanks.

Advertisement

Submitted by: CoffeeJedi

Advertisement