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.