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11 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Cars

In today’s world, you tend to take the existence of cars for granted.

You see them driving down the road and parked all around you, everywhere you go.

That’s why this list is so fun!

Here are some fun facts you probably didn’t know about cars. Bonus: Your friends probably don’t know these, either, so you can totally impress them!

1. Slow it down

The unfortunate driver was flying at a speed of 45 miles per hour.

Did I forget to mention it was 1902?

2. One moment in time

115 cars are produced every minute.

In case you don’t want to pull out your calculator, that’s 6,875 every hour and 165,000 each day.

3. To the moon, Alice

If you were to drive to the moon in your car and traveled at a speed of 60 miles per hour, you’d reach your destination in just under a month. Start packing!

4. The stars of shop class

On November 21, 1985, a group of mechanics was able to remove and replace the engine of a Ford Escort in a record-setting 42 seconds.

5. Flying blind

Ralph Teetor was the inventor of cruise control.

He was also blind. His inspiration was his lawyer, who was apparently not the best driver.

6. Getting your money’s worth

It’s great when you can get your vehicle to last for 200,000 miles.

The highest mileage that one car ever achieved is an astounding 2.85 million miles.

In other words, that’s driving all the way around the Earth 100 times.

Talk about getting your money’s worth!

7. Think of the gas bill

There are approximately 1 billion cars in use in the world today.

When you look at it in terms of the total population of the world, that’s one care for every seven people.

8. That’s a lot of moving parts

30,000.

That’s the number of parts that an average car has.

No wonder it seems like something is always breaking down!

9. What a week

Did you know that the average American spends about 38 hours a year stuck in traffic?

That’s almost one whole week’s worth of work!

10. There’s a first time for everything

The first car accident happened in 1891, right here in the good old O-H.

There were two passengers and the gasoline-powered vehicle hit a tree root sticking out of the ground.

Luckily, there were no major injuries!

11. May the odds be ever in your favor

The odds of dying in a car accident are estimated to be around 1 in 5,000 people.

That doesn’t sound too bad, right?

When compared to the odds of dying in a plane crash (1 in 11 million), it gets a little scarier!

Stump your friends

Now that you’re full of random fun facts about vehicles, you’re ready to be the hit of your next gathering. Or at least, one of the more interesting people there!


Have fun sharing what you’ve learned and when it’s time to bring your own vehicle in for routine maintenance, give us a call at Conrad’s!