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Useless Car Facts to Impress Your Friends

November 23, 2016
It’s the middle of the week, and I thought I’d change things up and give you all some fun facts! Maybe they’ll come in handy some day at trivia night… or maybe you’ll just impress your friends! I’ve compiled some of the most interesting car facts I’ve come across. Some of them are quite surprising—enjoy!
  • In 2016, the Lexus ES 300 has been the #1 most likely car to get pulled over, with the Nissan 350Z coming in second.
  • That coveted “new car smell” is actually composed of over 50 volatile, non-toxic, organic compounds.
  • The average American spends about 38 hours a YEAR stuck in traffic!
  • Car wrecks are the #1 cause of death for Americans under 35.
  • There are more cars than people in Los Angeles, California.
  • The inventor of cruise control was blind.
  • Honking your car horn (except in an emergency) is illegal in New York City. However, that doesn’t seem to phase them.
  • Up to 80% of the average car is recyclable.
  • The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902.
  • In Shanghai China, red cars are prohibited.
  • In 1924, a Ford cost $265.00!
  • About 60 million vehicles are produced every year, that’s about 165,000 produced per day.
  • Toyota produces 13,000 cars…a day.
  • Only 35% of the world’s population drives on the left side of the road.
  • “Highway Hypnosis” is an actual thing. This is when you have no recollection of your drive (to work, school, etc.) This is when you truly are running on “autopilot.”
  • At the world’s first real automobile race in 1895, the top speed was 15 mph.
  • Texting while driving increases chances of crashing by 23 times.
  • The windshield wiper was invented by a woman, Mary Anderson, in 1905.
  • “Topping off” your gas at the pump can actually lead to long term leak damage.
  • Ice cream trucks are illegal in Iowa.
  • Women buy more new cars than men.
  • Paved roads were originally intended for cyclists, not cars.
  • To almost instantly cool down your hot car, roll down a window on one side and open/close the door on the other side 5-6 times.
  • In France, it is compulsory to keep a Breathalyzer kit in your car.
  • In Russia, it is a criminal offense to drive around in a dirty car.
  • Residents in Churchill, Canada leave their vehicles unlocked to offer an escape route for pedestrians who might encounter a polar bear on Main Street.
  • In many states in USA, you can be charged with a DUI even if your car is parked, and you’re sleeping while drunk.
  • Your car remote can lose synchronization with your car if a button is pressed more than 256 times when the remote is out of range.
  • In Sweden, your car headlights must be on at all times, even when driving in daylight.
  • If driving 60 mph, and actually possible, it would take less than 6 months to drive to the moon.
Now you know more than you probably wanted to! Which random fact was your favorite? Take your new found knowledge and impress someone today!  

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