Two Snow Car Myths Debunked

Mazda CX-9
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Even in today’s world of advanced technology and information sharing, some myths continue to persist and it’s time to put a stop to them. Here are a couple of answers that Mazda dealers in Toronto gave when asked regarding the most persistent myths about driving in snow.

Good Baggage

The myth goes that if you carry sandbags in the trunk of your car, the weight in the rear will provide easier traction. This idea used to be true in the days when cars were front-heavy, rear-wheel drives. A hundred pounds of weight would definitely help vehicles climb a snowy hill, but most cars today have front, and sometimes even four-wheel drive transmissions. Even the remaining rear-wheel drive sedans have an improved front-to-rear weight distribution, as well as all-season tires.

Mazda CX-9
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Lunch Start

Some people like starting their cars during their lunch breaks, because the thinking goes, “if a car starts at lunch, it’ll start at quitting time”. Starting a car and idling it for ten minutes can actually be harmful, and is especially true for used cars. This practice dilutes the oil of the car with fuel that never gets burned off. That diluted oil can cause premature wear on an engine, which will stop from running in the long-term.

These are just some of the lasting myths that need debunking. Talk to your dealer prior to a purchase and keep yourself informed.

SOURCES:
http://www.halton.ca/cms/one.aspx?pageId=13743
http://www.scarboromazda.ca/used-inventory/index.htm?reset=InventoryListing
http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2010-12/how-prepare-your-car-winer