5 Weird and Wild Car Facts
The history of the automobile dates back to the 15th century when, according to the U.S. Library of Congress, artist Leonardo da Vinci began creating designs for transport vehicles. Since then, the story of cars has been filled with many milestones. This video will take you through five fun facts and figures — from the first reported car accident to strange traffic laws — that are a part of the history of cars.
Here are five weird and wild car facts to know and share.
Fact Number 1: The first reported car accident in the United States took place in Ohio City, Ohio, in 1891. It involved one car, two passengers, a tree and a hitching post. The Buckeye State was also home to the first paper speeding ticket ever issued. The citied driver was barely going more than 12 miles per hour.
Fact Number 2: Participants in the first-ever car race hit average top speeds of 12 miles per hour. The 1894 race, called the “Competition for Horseless Carriages,” took racers on a 79-mile course from Paris to Rouen, France. Twenty-one racers participated, but only 17 actually crossed the finish line.
Fact Number 3: If you assembled a car at the rate of 82 individual parts per day, it would take a full year to complete the build. That’s because, according to Toyota’s estimates, the average car is made up of about 30,000 parts.
Fact Number 4: We’ve reached the billion-vehicle club. The number of registered cars, buses, and light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks on the road passed one billion in 2010. The five countries with the most vehicles per person are:
- Finland 1.07
- Andorra 1.05
- Italy .84
- United States .83
- Malaysia .80
Fact Number 5: In New Jersey you may face hefty fines or jail time if you attempt to buy or sell a car on a Sunday. And that’s not the only strange car-related law around the country. In Rockville, Maryland, you have to watch your language, even in your car. Swearing near any street, sidewalk or highway within earshot of other people is a misdemeanor. And in Derby, Kansas, you can land in jail for 30 days if you screech your tires.
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