Take a look at some of the facts and statistics about cars, however, and you’ll soon start to remember just how amazing they really are.
In tribute to everyone’s favourite form of transportation, here are some weird and wonderful facts about cars.
The world’s first speeding ticket was issued in 1902. The offending motorist was travelling at a speed of 45mph.
A modern Formula 1 car can drive upside down in a tunnel at 120mph. F1 cars produce around 3.5G while cornering, meaning they have enough aerodynamic down force to drive upside down in a tunnel.
60 million cars are produced every year; 165,000 a day, 6,875 an hour and 115 a minute. 1 billion cars are currently in use around the world. Compared to the world’s population, that’s around one car for every seven people on Earth.
It would take less than 6 months to get to the moon by car. By driving straight up at an average of 60mph, and you could get to the moon in less than 6 months.
The average car contains over 30,000 unique parts.
The first ever car accident occurred in 1891 in Ohio, which prompted the introduction of better safety equipment for drivers.
The world record for removing and replacing a car engine is 42 seconds set by mechanics working on a Ford Escort on 21 November, 1985.
Volkswagen owns Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati and Porsche.
The average American spends about 38 hours a year stuck in traffic.
The odds of dying in a car accident are around 1 in 5,000.
When the car radio was introduced, some states wanted to ban it, arguing that it could distract drivers and cause accidents.
Car wrecks are the number one cause of death for Americans under 35.
There are more cars than people in Los Angeles.
The inventor of the cruise control was blind.
The vehicle with the highest mileage covered a total of 2,850,000 miles (4,586,630 km).
It is a criminal offense to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.
In 1941, Henry Ford made a car out of soy beans.
Most new cars fake engine noise through speakers. They are quite silent