Did You Know?—25 Traffic and Car Facts

Just some fun facts about the car world you may not know!

Mary Anderson, a real estate developer, invented windshield wipers in 1903.

 

Highways can accommodate more cars when speeds are closer to 55mph than closer to 80mph.

 

More deer are killed by drivers annually than by hunters.

 

The most expensive production car is the Lamborghini Veneno (Italian for “venom”). With 740 horsepower and a top speed of 220.5 mph, and acceleration of 0-62mph in 2.9 seconds, the price tag is at $4.5 million. If you want one, get it quick—Lamborghini is only producing nine of the cars.

 

Speaking of Lamborghini, Ferruccio Lamborghini started business turning military scraps into farm tractors. He was quite successful and soon had a nice collection of cars, a few of which were Ferraris. He loved his Ferraris, but they had some mechanical issues. He contacted Enzo Ferrari himself but was dismissed. And so, Ferruccio Lamborghini decided to start his own line of cars in the mid 1960’s, and the Lamborghini car was born.

 

The record of people stuffed into a smart car is 19, and 22 in a mini cooper.

 

A gallon of Starbucks costs 8-10 times more than a gallon of gas.

 

Saturday at 1pm has heavier traffic than weekday rush hour.

 

It would take 516 days to make one circuit of Saturn’s rings and 6 months to drive from the earth to the moon, while driving 60 mph.

 

Some cars in South Africa have a—somehow legal—gas flamethrower attached to the car to deter carjacking.

 

On average, a person will spend about 2 weeks stopped at stoplights in their lifetime.

 

Formula One race cars are designed with inverted wings, which work opposite of airplane wings. Instead of generating lift, they generate downward force, pushing the car down against the ground. This lets them take corners at a speed that would otherwise send them flying off the road. It also allows them to drive upside-down in round tunnels at about 200 mph.

 

People who live on busier streets go outside less often and have fewer friends.

 

Drivers seated higher think they are driving more slowly than they are, and so they get speeding tickets more often than drivers in low-seated cars.

 

People are more likely to jaywalk if well-dressed people do it first.

 

The worlds best-selling car is the original VW Beetle. In the 65 years it was in production, 21,529,464 had been sold. However, the best-selling nameplate is the Toyota Corolla, with more the 35 million sold since 1966.

 

Anywhere from 10-70% of urban traffic is just looking for parking. London is the most expensive city for parking.

 

Early cars did not have a steering wheel; they only had a lever to steer with.

 

Many car commercials now simply use stock footage—like that at Art Beats—during“driving” scenes and aerials. It is a much cheaper option than filming live footage in-car or from a helicopter.

 

The fastest car is the jet-powered Thrust SSC, which went 763 mph in 1997.

 

Google has retrofitted ten different cars that pilot themselves. After logging 300,000 miles on active roads there has only been two accidents involving the self-driving cars—one that was being manually-controlled by a human and one where another motorist hit the self-piloting car.

 

In 1972 the average speed was 60 mph in Los Angeles, but by 1982 the average had dropped to 17 mph.

 

Red cars are illegal in Shanghai, China.

 

Most wrecks happen on clear, dry, sunny days, and half of fatalities as a result of car wrecks happen at 35 mph or less.

 

Men and women drivers are more likely to honk at another driver if the other driver is female, if the driver is on a cell phone, or if the other driver is from a different state or country than their own. Drivers are less likely to honk if they are in a convertible with the top down, or on weekends.

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