35 Things You Should Know About Driving Before You Get In A Car Again.
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They take you from point A to point B. They fill up with your empty takeout containers and crumpled up receipts. They're perfect for taking someone on a date. But what do you really know about the hunk of metal you drive around town? Read below to learn!
1. The average American spends about 38 hours a year stuck in traffic.
2. In the early years of the 20th century, horses were causing so much pollution with their poop that cars were seen as the "green" alternative.
3. When the car radio was introduced, some states wanted to ban it arguing that it could distract drivers and cause accidents.
4. Hitler, while in prison, wrote to a Mercedes dealership begging for a car loan.
5. Up to 19 girls can be crammed into a smart car.
6. 92% of all new sold cars in Brazil use ethanol as fuel, which is produced from sugar cane.
7. 75% of cars that Rolls-Royce has ever produced are still on the road today.
8. Volkswagen owns Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati, and Porsche.
9. There are 1 billion cars currently in use on Earth.
10. The first car accident occurred in 1891, in Ohio.
11. The odds of dying in a car accident are around 1 in 5,000.
12. About 165,000 cars are produced every day.
13. It is a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.
14. Car wrecks are number one cause of death for Americans under 35.
15. In Turkmenistan, car drivers are entitled to 120 litres (31 gal.) of free petrol a month.
16. There are more cars than people in Los Angeles.
17. The inventor of cruise control was blind.
18. The vehicle with the highest mileage covered a total of 2,850,000 miles (4,586,630km).
19. The world's fastest street-legal production car is the Bugatti Veyron Super Short, at 267mph (431km/h).
20. In 1941, Henry Ford made a car out of soybeans.
21. Most new cars fake engine noise through speakers. They are quite silent otherwise.
22. Honking your car horn, except in an emergency, is illegal in NYC.
23. Sweden's Volvo made the three-point seatbelt design patent open and available to other car manufacturers for free, in the interest of safety. It saves one life every 6 minutes.
24. During a car crash, 40% of drivers never even hit the brakes.
25. It would take less than 6 months to get to the moon by car at 60mph (95km/h).
26. It costs $8,876US per year to own and maintain an average car in the US. That's $443,800US in 50 years.
27. In 2012, Nevada became the first state to issue licenses for self-driving cars.
28. Up to 80% of an average car is recyclable.
29. In 1900, 40% of American cars were powered by steam, 38% by electricity, and 22% by gasoline.
30. Parking takes up as much as 14% of all land-use in Los Angeles county.
31. It is possible to set up a holiday meal inside a car's engine compartment and drive long enough to fully cook all of the food.
32. 35% of the world's population drives on the left side of the road.
33. The "new car smell" is composed of over 50 volatile organic compounds.
34. 95% of a car's lifetime is spent parked.
35. The average car has 30,000 parts.
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