The people’s growing interest towards cars usually stem from various sources. There are those who keep themselves updated on the latest motoring news, particularly those that concern their favorite car brands. There are those who have obtained enough knowledge on everything about cars by visiting car shows and, for many car owners, dealing with their vehicles’ issues. From the simple changing of flat tires to the complicated mastery of how engines work, many have been knowledgeable when it comes to cars because of these.
If you are a passionate car enthusiast, then it is definitely advantageous for you to use these pieces of information that you have in eliciting casual conversations with other like-minded people. But then, you might as well equip yourself with further knowledge about cars by taking note of these interesting facts about cars that you may not know about:
- The first full-scale, mechanical vehicle, or widely regarded as the automobile, was built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot in around 1769. Technically, it is an automobile, but it only has three wheels, which makes it a tricycle of sorts. But the self-propelled mechanism of Cugnot’s invention became the basis and the inspiration for today’s cars.
- Would you believe that the U.S. only ranked 3rd in terms of passenger cars per 1,000 people? In 2011, the country of Luxembourg in Europe led all nations in that department, followed by Iceland, then the United States, Italy, and Malta. In the lower ranks, Pakistan has the least passenger cars per 1,000 people. It is followed India, Kenya, Nigeria, and Vietnam.
- Edward J. Claghorn was the first one to be granted the first patent for the safety belt in 1885. However, it only became a standard in front seats in the US in 1963, with the Swedish car manufacturer Volvo making it happen. Prior to this, it was in 1958 when the company’s design engineer Nils Bohlin patented the first 3-point safety belt, which is the seat belt that we wear today.
- The “window cleaning device” that is widely known today as windshield wipers was popularly credited to Mary Anderson in 1903, although two others, Robert Douglass and John Apjohn were also credited for this very useful car-related invention.
- The airbag, which is the vehicle safety device that commonly pops out whenever crashes occur, inflates at approximately 40 milliseconds upon impact.
These are just some of the awesome things about cars that you may not know about. Now that you are aware of these little bits of information, you can be even more interesting in front of your peers during your conversations with them.