The reason that some car myths persist is because they are so essential to the classic action-movie shootout. Think about it. How many times have you seen the protagonist dive behind a vehicle to escape a hail of bullets? Without that vehicle, he or she would be a goner, and that makes for a bad action movie.
The only problem? Vehicles don’t stop bullets.
There are some other car myths that are less dramatic but just as untrue. Take the idea that manual transmissions are more fuel efficient than automatic transmissions. Anyone who promulgates this notion is merely guilty of being behind the times. Stick shifts used to be more efficient, but thanks to advances in technology, automatics have surpassed their manual counterparts.
One old car myth has actually created a new, opposing myth. The old myth was that you need to change your oil every 3,000 miles. Nowadays, you can do more like 5,000 to 10,000 miles. However that doesn’t mean that you never have to change your oil, as another myth insists.
What about when the protagonist shoots the bad guy’s vehicle and it blows up…is that real? No, that’s not real either. Bullets pass through gas tanks without incident. So, you can breathe easy next time you are driving past that gun range.