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What is the most misunderstood concept of vehicular operation?

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It's like the telephone game. Information gets passed around long enough, and truthiness flies out the window. It's the same thing with cars and driving. Sometimes people just get it wrong. What is the most misunderstood concept of vehicular operation?


"I'll be fine, going 75 on slush. I drive an SUV." How often have you been passed on the highway by at-the-limit SUVs, whose drivers appear to be overly confident in their vehicle's ability to keep them safe at unsafe speeds? Sure, there's something to be said for the extra weight, but four-wheel-drive won't save you if none of the tires have any traction thanks to 'ol Jack Frost. You know you're living on the edge when tumbling into the ditch is the best thing that can happen. (Thanks to Justin for today's QOTD)

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Fog lamps, in particular rear fog lamps. Rear fog lamps should only be used in situations of limited visibility. Simple f*cking concept. Despite this fact, a high number of Audi and Land Rover drivers appear clueless about how these operate and leave their rear fog lamps on regardless of weather. Sh!t drives me nuts. It looks blinding when there are two, and ridiculous when there is only one. If you don't know how your lights operate and what the symbols on your dashboard stand for, what else don't you now about your car's operation? Stop the insanity!