Cars have not been around for a long time but there are many fascinating things about them and their history that you might find interesting.

1) Number of parts in an average car – the average car has around 30,000 parts. Around 80% of these parts can be recycled.

2) Number of cars on earth – there are over 1.2 billion vehicles on Earth.  That represents approximately a sixth of the total human population.

3) Some cars have fake engine noises– You might be surprised to find out that it is entirely possible that your favourite car engine noise might actually be achieved through the use of speakers rather than the actual noise of the engine. Some car engine sounds are even directly played into the car cabin to give the same experience and to avoid loud noises outside the car. Whether this is a good or bad thing is up to you to decide.

4) Highway Hypnosis – Have you ever been driving and suddenly realised that you can’t remember the last few seconds of your journey? This is called highway hypnosis. This can often occur when driving on highways for long periods of time where it is easier to pay less attention to signs and other distractions on the road. In this state drivers’ reaction time is slowed down and attention to surroundings is reduced. 

5) Horsey Horseless – designed in 1899 by inventor Uriah Smith in the US in order to calm down the horses sharing roads with cars. The Horse’s head was meant to be empty in order to act as a fuel tank. Perhaps this isn’t the proudest moment of automobile history but it is definitely an interesting one.

6) The Beetle – Adolf Hitler stole the original idea for the Volkswagen Beetle which he called the ‘people’s car’ from Josef Ganz, a Jewish engineer. Luckily for us, Volkswagen has changed its name to the classic car more commonly known has the ‘Beetle’.

7) Ford’s soybean car – Ford’s soybean car was actually an attempt by Henry Ford to create a plastic-bodied car. It was revealed by Henry Ford in 1941 and weighted around 2000 lbs. It was made from a steel frame with 14 plastic panels attached to it. The odd name was given to it because it was said that its plastic parts were soy based.

8) Highest millage recorded – By the 1st of May, 2014, Irvin Gordon had driven 3,039,122 miles in his 1966 Volvo 1800s. This is the equivalent of driving around the Earth over 120 times.

9) Bridget Driscoll – Bridget Driscoll, in 1896 was the first pedestrian victim of a car collision in the UK. She was struck at the speed of 4 mph. The collision later resulted in Bridget’s death.

10) Cozy Coupe Best Selling Vehicle – In 2011 the Cozy Coupe toy car by Little Tikes was the best selling vehicle of the year with 133,535 sales which represented 38,274 more sales than the Ford Fiesta at the second place. It might not be the most luxurious ride but it is definitely very affordable and easy to find a parking space for.