Automobiles have become the biggest necessity of today’s life. There are recorded 1 billion cars in active use on this planet today and still about 165,000 cars are produced every day. In fact there are cities where number of cars exceed the number of people living there. There are many common facts related to cars revealed, still not in the knowledge of many people.
Mysteries of the car parts
- There are 30,000 auto parts in an average car. That’s a lot of little pieces to put together. This number obviously includes every screw, bolt and washer.
- Car radio was initially banned by many states because it was thought that it could distract drivers and cause accidents.
- The inventor of the cruise control, also known as speed control, was blind. It is a system that automatically controls the speed of a vehicle.
- Most new cars would be silent if they don’t fake engine noise through speakers.
- The first seat belts were manufactured in the 1950s, but they were rarely used until the early 1980s.
- A piece of wood attached to the front of a horse-drawn carriage was called dashboard as it used to prevent mud from spraying the driver as the horse ran.
- Airbags kill 1 person for every 22 they save.
- Cars were steered by lever before the introduction of the wheel.
Laws of different states/ cities
- In Turkmenistan, 120 liters of free petrol a month is permitted to the drivers.
- In NYC, it is illegal to honk your car horn if not an emergency.
- Norway has very strict rules on advertising cars as “green” because cause more damage to the environment.
- It is legal in California to drive a motorcycle between two cars in their lane and only 53% of citizens know that it is legal.
- In Sweden, when driving car, car headlights have to be on at all times, even in broad daylight.
- In Sweden, speeding fines are based on speed and salary. The highest speeding fine given was $ 1000,000 in Sweden.
- Brazil use Ethanol produced from sugarcane) as fuel in 92% of all new sold cars, which is produced from sugarcane.
- It is a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.
- It is legal in Arizona, where certified low-speed vehicles are allowed, to drive a car which has reached 40 km/h.
Big brands on the road
- Rolls-Royce has 75% of its cars still running on the road today.
- Volkswagen owns Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati and Porsche.
- Bugatti Veyron super sport, king of all cars, is the fastest car in the world having accelerated 267 mph (431 km/h).
- Nissan often uses the number 23 in motor racing events because in Japanese the number 2 and 3 are pronounced as “ni” and “san.”
Inventions of the century
- In 1949, the Japanese company built an electric car known as the Senior that was capable of travelling 200 km on a single charge.
- A car has been developed in Germany which can be steered by the thoughts of the driver.