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13 things you didn’t know about cars

2 min read • Dec 17, 2018
13 things you didn't know about cars

You probably think you know where you stand with your car. That window which squeaks a bit when it’s been raining, the left-hand speaker which needs a little nudge to get going, and the cup-holder which fails to successfully hold any size of cup. Yep, you spend a lot of time in your car, and you know it inside out… but we bet there’s a few things you don’t know when it comes to cars too. If you don’t believe us, here are 13 of them:

#1. Saab’s on board computer lets you play ping pong What’s the most essential bit of kit you need in your car? Voice activation? An in-built sat nav? Or perhaps even parking cameras? Nope, according to Saab it’s a good old fashioned games of table tennis.

ping pong

#2. The average car is made up of 30,000 parts It turns out it’s not just a case of windows, doors, windscreen, job done. There’s a lot of work which goes into building a car, and there’s around 30,000 little bits which you need to make it work. That’s the equivalent of 6,000 cars full of people.

Car parts Elon

#3. Volkswagens are posher than you think Because they actually own Lamborghini, Bugatti, Bentley, Audi, Porsche and a number of other car manufacturers. Which, essentially, means your VW Lupo is a bit like a Lambo. Congrats!

Volkswagen posh

#4. The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902 That’s just one year after Queen Victoria died, and, at the time, cars could only go about 45mph.

first speeding ticket

#5. Hitler tried to invent buying a car on finance Because, in 1924, he phoned Mercedes up from his prison cell to beg them for a car loan. It seems Hitler didn’t have enough cash in the bank for the Merc he wanted, but if you don’t ask, you don’t get…

Hitler

#6. There’s 1 billion cars being used in the world And there’s just over 7 billion people in the world. That is one hell of a traffic jam.

Traffic

#7. And speaking of traffic jams, Brits spend 960 hours sitting in them every year There’s 8,765 hours in a year, which means we’re spending over 10% of our time sitting in traffic jams playing crap games of I spy.

Alice

#8. Steve Jobs never had a number plate Because a Californian loophole meant he could get away with not having one… and it was totally legal.

steve jobs driving

#9. You can fit 19 people in a smart car Admittedly, this is only true if they’re skinny and flexible, but who would want to see a bunch of fat blokes trying to squeeze themselves into a smart car anyway?

smart car

#10. 90% of us can’t resist a sing song behind the wheel So whether it’s a bit of Beyonce or a spot of Barry Manilow you’re into, your car is the place to sing your heart out. And you can be safe in the knowledge that 9 out of 10 drivers around you will be doing the same.

Song behind wheel brittany

#11. It would take you six months to drive to the moon That’s assuming you were driving 60mph and it was possible to drive straight upwards through space.

Drive to the moon

#12. Albanians love Mercedes Benzs’ In fact, 8 out of 10 cars registered in Albania are Mercs. That’s a lot of Mercedes’!

Mercedes Benz

#13. In China, you can pay £38 for someone else to drive your car through a traffic jam If you don’t have time to sit and wait in a jam, you can pay someone else to sit there for you whilst you’re whisked away on the back of a motorbike. Unfortunately this is not currently an option in the UK, so prepare to sit and wait.

traffic jams

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