20 Car Myths That Are Actually Backed Up By Science

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There are a lot of myths and urban legends surrounding the automotive industry, how cars work and how drivers should take care of their vehicles.

For example, many drivers still think that you need to warm up your car in the morning, or that you have to change your oil every 3,000 miles, or even that bigger cars are safer than smaller ones. And there are plenty of urban legends about cop cars to, everything from the rumors that police officers drive cars which have been somehow super-powered or that they are more likely to pull over red cars.

However, there are some myths that are completely true, and which have been backed up by real science, as can be seen from the list below.

Cars Are 80% Recyclable

Hybrid and electric vehicles may be the latest thing in green automotive technology, but they are far from the only environmentally friendly aspect of cars. Amazingly, modern vehicles are 80% recyclable, and in the US and Canada, the automotive recycling industry creates enough steel to build 13 million new cars.

Cars Can Still Travel For A Long Time When The Fuel Gauge Says Empty

Many drivers hit the metaphorical panic button when they see the fuel gauge hit empty, and that fuel warning light starts to glow. However, the fact is that you can actually travel quite far when the tank is supposedly empty, with some models able to make it another hundred miles before they break down.

Modern Formula 1 Cars Can Drive Upside Down

21st century Formula One cars are impressive pieces of automotive engineering even when they are just going around the circuit, but the fact is that these vehicles create so much downforce when they are moving at high speed, that at 120mph they could actually drive upside down without gravity taking effect.

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