10 Interesting Facts About Cars For Kids
Kids are fascinated by four-wheelers. And does your kid know that there are over a billion cars today? Yes! A billion! And guess what? this is not the only fun fact about cars. We list 10 of them!
By Ashwin Dewan • 8 min read
Vroooooommmm… the feeling of riding in a car is no less than magical for kids. From the spin of the steering wheel to the throttle sound of the engine, from the different knobs and buttons on the panel to the windows that provide a view of the world whizzing by, a car is a wonderful source of entertainment for kids. But there is more to the car than that meets the eye. In fact, there are several unique and fun facts associated with cars that just by reading these interesting tidbits to your little one, will prompt him to put on his imaginary seat belts and zoom away to his own fantasy world of cars.
Did you know that the automobile comes from two words? Auto is a Greek word that combines with a French word, mobile to make the word automobile.
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The history of cars, generators, production lines, modern cars, the number of parts in a car – know all this and more in our list of fun facts:
Fun fact 1: There are more than 30,000 parts in a car
How can a car have more than 30,000 parts? Sounds mind boggling, right? Turns out, it is true. A basic car has a staggering 30,000 parts in it. All these different parts or elements put together make a car. And what’s more? Majority of these car parts are recyclable such as the battery, the oil filters, trash metals and wheels.
Fun fact 2: The longest traffic jam ever recorded
Today, serpentine queues of cars during rush hours is common sight. Commuters complain about traffic jams and never-ending line of cars. However, the longest traffic jam was not recorded recently but way back in 16 February 1980. According to the Guinness World Records, the jam occurred between Lyon and Paris, over a stretch of 175 kilometres, that got completely jammed due to poor weather and piling traffic.
Fun fact 3: The first-known automobile accident
Any guesses for when the first ‘recorded’ car accident occurred? Well, it took place near Cleveland in Ohio City in the year 1891. The recipient of this unfortunate award is a certain James William Lambert whose invention, an early gasoline-powered buggy hit a tree root that was sticking out of the ground. As a result, Lambert lost control and the vehicle swerved and crashed into a hitching post. This is the first-known instance of a car accident.
Fun fact 4: Volkswagen owns car companies like Audi
We bet you did not see this coming. Many people around the world think that Volkswagen is one brand. It is not! The German company boasts of several other prestigious car companies like Porsche, Audi, Bugatti, Bentley and Lamborghini.
Fun fact 5: Self-driven cars would need a driver’s license
Today, due to technological advancements, self-driven cars are no longer a fantasy but a reality. However, a niggling question crops up. In the event that you are stopped by the cops for over speeding in a self-driven car, would a driver’s license be required to show? Apparently, yes! Now, this is an interesting fact.
Fun fact 6: The oldest living car is 82 years old
Some gifts are simply meant to be treasured. And, Allen Swift of Massachusetts knows just how to cherish one. A Piccadilly-P1 Roadster presented to him by his dad, as a graduation gift, occupied a place of pride in Allen’s garage for many years. How many, would you ask? Well, Allen owned, drove and treasured this Piccadilly-P1 Roadster for a good 82 years.
Fun fact 7: The first person to make a modern car
There are several types of automobiles such as steam, electric, gasoline, etc. However, it has always been debated over who invented the first automobile. Karl Benz from Germany is widely credited with the invention of the first true automobile in the year 886. On 29 January 1886, he applied for a patent for his vehicle that was powered by a gas engine. It was called the Benz Patent-Motorwagen.
Fun fact 8: The first person to drive long distance
If Karl Benz is credited with the invention of the modern car, his wife is no less famous. In 1888, his wife Bertha Benz became the first person to drive a car over a long distance. She drove from Mannheim in the southwestern part of Germany to Pforzheim, a city in the southwest of Germany, covering a distance of 106 kilometres.
Fun fact 9: The first car available to the masses
In 1908, Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, developed a car called the Model T. A low-cost car, this was the first car available to the masses. It costs around $850 in 1908 and the cost reduced even further to $260 in 1925. This reduction was mainly due to the invention of the assembly line.
Fun fact 10: Over a billion cars on planet Earth today
A whopping 1 billion cars and over, are zipping away on roads today. The huge 1 billion mark was reached in 2010 for the first time in history. According to a report released by the research house Bernstein, by the year 2040, there will be a staggering 2 billion cars on the planet.
Cars have become an integral part of our daily lives. Hopefully, the facts mentioned above make for an extremely interesting and informative read, one that you can share with your kids.
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