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Car Facts You Can't Live Without!

For those of you who love to learn more about cars, you've come to the right place! Let us enlighten you on the facts of the car world! You won't be disappointed!

1. The World's First Speeding Ticket Was Issued In 1896.

The first speeding ticket issued to a motorist took place on January 28th, 1896 in Paddock Wood, Kent in England. A constable spotted a fast driver named Walter Arnold speeding down the street Since the constable didn’t have one of the early motorized vehicles, he had to give chase on his bike. When the constable stopped Arnold after a five mile chase, he cited him for speeding. Arnold had been going four times over the posted speed limit. While that sounds like a lot, the speed limit at the time was a blistering 2 mph.

Arnold was fined a shilling for speeding at 8 mph. Arnold could have avoided the citation, however, since the law stated that a person could go over the 2 mph speed limit if they had someone else in front of them waving a red flag to alert anyone on the street of their breakneck speed. The speed limit was later changed that same year to 14 mph.

2. The most commonly stolen vehicle is the Honda Accord.

According to the NICB's 2017 report, older Honda Civics and Honda Accords were the most stolen cars in the nation. The 1998 Honda Civic and the 1997 Honda Accord were popular targets.

3. An airbag inflates within 40 milliseconds of a crash.

In most cases, the airbag will come out at a speed of between 100 to 220 miles per hour. At this speed, an airbag can cause significant damage to a person, so it is important to be at least 10 inches away from the airbag when it deploys. This is why wearing a seatbelt is extremely important.

Side-impact air bags inflate even more quickly since there is less space between the driver or passengers and the striking object, whether the interior of the vehicle, another vehicle, a tree, or a pole.

4. BMW Logo Origin

Well, according to the historical finding, the company’s iconic blue-and-white inner circular quarters originated as a representation of the State of Bavaria’s official colors. However, the pattern within BMW’s logo displays those colors in an inverted order because back when the logo was first created, the local trademark law of the era banned the use of the state’s coats of arms and other related “symbols of sovereignty” in commercial insignias.

BMW first registered as a company on October 5, 1917, with the German Imperial Register of Trademarks after originating as Rapp Motorenwerke GmbH in 1913. Originally, BMW had no emblem, so its creators simply took the former founding company’s original badge, retained its circular form with the outer black ring, and simply replaced the horse head silhouette with the inverted colors of the state and the letters, BMW, for Bayerische Motoren Werke or Bavarian Motor Works.

5. World's First Car

The world’s first automobile was developed by Carl Benz in 1885. The top speed of the motor car was 16 km per hour. It had a one cylinder four-stroke engine installed horizontally on a specifically designed chassis. It was known as the Benz Patent Motorwagen.

6. World's First Electric Traffic Signal

First time in America and the world: the world’s first electric traffic signal is put into place on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio, on 5th August in 1914. Also, the first center painted dividing line appeared in 1911, in Michigan; the first “No Left Turn” sign would debut in Buffalo, New York, in 1916; and left-hand drive became standard in American cars in 1908.

7. Automatic vs. Manual

Driving a car with a standard or manual transmission is not an easy job for Americans. Note that more than 95% of the cars in the U.S. have automatic transmission. On the other hand, in Europe and Japan, more than 80 percent of cars sold have manual transmissions.

Better fuel efficiency – Overall, manual transmission engines are less complex, weigh less, and have more gears than automatics. The end result is that you'll end up getting more kilometres out of the petrol you pump in than you would with an automatic.

8. Most Popular Car Color

In 2013, white was the world’s most favorite car color. According to an Australian study, white vehicles are 10% less likely to be involved in an accident. Moreover, cars that have mainstream colors are prone to theft more than those that have less popular colors.

Personally, I am not a fan of white on cars because white makes your car look dirtier than it is! But when that happens, stop by Car Wash King to wash the dirt away for a fast and friendly service!

Thanks for reading! Have a great day, everybody! You are now a master in car facts!

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