Have you ever heard one of your friends tell you that texting and driving isn’t that bad? Or that they can spot a cop before they get pulled over for speeding? How about people who say that they can argue their way out of any ticket? Or people who think that they are still good drivers when they are drunk?

These are all examples of popular myths about driving. Many people believe these myths despite their demonstrable inaccuracy. You may even believe one of these myths yourself. In this post, we will examine–and debunk–several common misconceptions about driving.

Myth 1: Cops are easy to spot

Some drivers believe that they can outwit cops on the road. Don’t be so sure, though: It is part of cops’ jobs to know roadways like the back of their hand. Police officers know the places where cars try to surreptitiously speed, the locations of bars and clubs and how to spot drunk drivers. It is not wise for any driver to believe that they could outsmart a cop.

Myth 2: I can argue my way out of trouble

In the same vein, it is very rarely a good idea to argue with a cop. If a cop pulls you over, answer his questions calmly and politely. Don’t try to test your luck with an argument. Cops do not take kindly to aggressive suspects. Arguing may also make you appear suspicious.

Myth 3: I can text while driving–no problem

Texting while driving is all too common, and this has led many motorists to believe that they can text and drive without risking an accident. In fact, texting while driving–in fact, any form of distracted driving–can lead to serious accidents and even fatalities. This applies to every single driver on the road, no matter how skilled they believe themselves to be.

Myth 4: Alcohol doesn’t affect my driving

Too many people believe that they are able to operate a vehicle even when they are tipsy or drunk. This myth, like the one about texting while driving, can be fatal. Alcohol can seriously impair drivers’ judgment, reaction time and motor skills. Any driver who gets behind the wheel with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 0.08 is not capable of driving.