As women, we all grew up with a load of old wives' tales which dictated a lot of what we did. Well, the time has come for us to break free of the shackles of myths - and we can start with our car engines!
Here are some common car engine misconceptions:
You should never leaver your engine idle for longer than a few days
Your car can actually be left idle for two weeks, without affecting the engine. However, we recommend that you drive your car around at least once every two weeks - preferably on a significantly long trip. Maybe for an hour.
Forget about running the engine for five to ten minutes every day. Not only is this unnecessary, doing so could damage your car. If an engine is switched on for less than ten minutes, moisture (which evaporates when the engine is run for a longer period) will condense to become droplets that can harm you car's oiling system.
You must always warm up your engine for five minutes before driving off
Now this can be a real problem, especially when you're late for work. And is it necessary? Not really, although it's a good routine to follow. You can just drive off after switching on the engine, as long as you don't press the accelerator too much.
Just drive gently (the car too, needs to wake up). For computerised, fuel-injected cars, you just need to stabilise the engine for about 30 seconds to let the oil circulate before driving off.
Can you feel the freedom?