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10 Fun Facts About Cars

Posted on: July 26, 2021 at 2:31 pm, in

Most of us rely on a car on the daily. It’s our go-to mode of transportation. A place where road trips begin, endless games of eye-spy are played, and a bubble where we can sing at the top of our lungs when the workday is done during our commute home.

No matter whether you’re on your first car or your fifth, we all secretly love our automobiles. So let’s learn more about them – as we seem to spend so much time inside them.

Here are 10 interesting facts about cars that you may not have heard about before.


  1. The first-ever speeding ticket was issued in 1896. The offending driver was travelling at a momentous 8mph. Walter Arnold was driving four times the speed limit (2mph).
  2. Of all the cars driven on UK roads, 1 in 4 of them were made in China.
  3. There are approximately 60 million cars produced every year. That’s 165,00 per day, 6,875 an hour and 115 every minute – insane!
  4. The first-ever car accident happened in 1891 in Ohio. This incident prompted better safety equipment for drivers and their passengers.
  5. The average car is made up of over 30,000 unique parts.
  6. Around 75% of all the cars produced by Rolls Royce are STILL operational and on the road.
  7. Cruise control was invented in 1948 by a man who was blind and inspired to create it by his lawyer… we can only assume that it was because he was a very bad driver!
  8. Around 95% of a car’s lifespan is spent parked.
  9. The word ‘car’ derives from the Latin word, ‘carrus’ and it means ‘a two-wheeled wagon’.
  10. Around 65% of the world’s motorists drive on the right side of the road.


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If you’re interested in the services of a premium tyre dealer in the Birmingham and Solihull areas, then look no further than Longbridge Tyres. 

We are a local, independent dealership that supply new tyres, replacement tyres and performance tyres for all types of vehicles. You can contact us today by calling 0121 457 7582 or by filling out our online contact form, and we’ll be in touch with you soon.