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26 Amazing Facts about Cars

26 interesting car facts that you probably didn’t know

  1. There are 1 billion cars currently in use on earth.
  2. About 165,000 cars are produced every day.
  3. The first car accident occurred in 1891, in Ohio.
  4. The average car has 30,000 parts.
  5. Volkswagen owns Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati, Skoda, Seat and Porsche.
  6. The inventor of the cruise control was blind.
  7. In 1941, Henry Ford made a car out of soybeans.
  8. 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.
  9. The “new car smell” is composed of over 50 volatile organic compounds.
  10. It would take less than 6 months to get to the Moon by car at 60mph (95km/h).
  11. During a car crash, 40% of drivers never even hit the brakes.
  12. 95% of a car’s lifetime is spent parked.
  13. In 2012, Nevada became the first state to issue licenses for self-driving cars.
  14. 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.
  15. Honking your car horn, except in an emergency, is illegal in NYC.
  16. It is a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Moscow.
  17. Car wrecks are the number one cause of death for Americans under 35.
  18. Up to 80% of an average car is recyclable.
  19. In Turkmenistan, car drivers are entitled to 120 Liters (31 gal.) of free petrol a month.
  20. Most new cars fake engine noise through speakers. They are quite silent otherwise.
  21. There are more cars than people in Los Angeles.
  22. The odds of dying in a car accident are around 1 in 5,000.
  23. When the car radio was introduced, some states wanted to ban it arguing that it could distract drivers and cause accidents.
  24. The vehicle with the highest mileage covered a total of 2,850,000 miles (4,586,630 km).
  25. 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.
  26. It costs US$8,876 per year to own and maintain an average car in the U.S. That’s US$443,800 in 50 years.
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