As part of its “Fake Auto News 2019: A Look at Common Driving Myths” study, DriversEd.com polled more than 1,000 Americans on an array of myths on driving-related topics, including texting while driving, marijuana laws, Uber driver costs, insurance, and more. In many cases, the falsely believed myths were ones that could cause serious injury when put into practice while driving.
Among the study’s findings:
Distracted Driving: 35% of respondents falsely assume that texting behind the wheel is legal in most states. In reality, 47 states have outlawed texting and driving.
Marijuana: 24% are not aware that driving while impaired by marijuana is illegal in all 50 states.
Credit Reports: 20% are unaware that unpaid parking tickets can negatively affect credit scores.
Life Insurance: 18% do not know that poor driving records can increase life insurance rates.
Engine Care: 67% falsely believe that in cold weather, warming up your car is good for the engine. In reality, it has no benefit for your car.
Uber Drivers: 7% are unaware that Uber requires its drivers to pay for their own gas, insurance, and maintenance.