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7 Random Facts You Didn’t Know About Driving

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7 Random Facts You Didn’t Know About Driving

There is huge amount of knowledge available when we talk about the automobile world. For well over a hundred years, the automobile industry has changed the way we move around the world. Starting from the horseless carriages to fancy cars that touch top speeds in seconds, automobiles have come a long way from when they were first introduced. The first car was designed by Francois Isaac de Rivaz in 1807 and was powered by an internal combustion engine running on fuel gas.

The first modern automobile is generally considered to have been designed in 1886 by Karl Benz that featured wire wheels with a four-stroke engine fitted between the rear wheels. After 126 years, cars are still among our most pivotal obsessions. Not surprisingly, the last 126 years have delivered us prodigious automobile trivia.

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In this article I’ve gathered some of the most interesting car facts you probably did not know, so if you’re motor head or simply looking for some time to kill, as a minimum one of these facts will tickle your fancy.

1. In The USA, States Have Varying Laws On Seat Belts

Seat belt laws vary across states in America. These are split into two sections: primary seat belt laws whereby drivers and passengers can be ticketed for not wearing seat belts and secondary seat belt laws whereby drivers and passengers can only be ticketed for not wearing a belt if another traffic offense has also occurred.

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2. Driverless Cars Are Becoming A Reality

There are several entities attempting to create cars that can function without drivers. Google has created 10 different self-driving cars that have travelled a total of 300,000 miles on busy roads and have only resulted in 2 incidents, with one happening while a human was driving and one when another vehicle hit the car. It will be exciting to see the development of this technology and its implications on car related accidents.

3. The Largest Land Vehicle On Earth Weighs Over 45,000 Tons

The Bagger 288 excavator is the largest land vehicle in the world and was created to move massive amounts of earth. This excavator is over 300 feet tall, more than 700 feet long, and comes in at 45,500 tons.

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4. As Of 2010 There Are Currently More Than 1 Billion Vehicles Being Used On Earth

In research carried out by Ward in the US, it is estimated that in the year 2010, there were 1.015 billion vehicles being used in the world. These are all motor vehicles including cars, all trucks and buses. The figure does not include construction equipment such as tractors, or off-road vehicles.

5. An Estimated 60 Million Cars Are Made Each Year

In 2012 it was estimated that are over 60 million cars would be produced; a global first. This would equal 165,000 cars being manufactured on a daily basis. The 5 largest producing nations of vehicles are China, Japan, Germany, Soth Korea, and India in that order. China produced 24 percent of all the world’s cars in 2011 and over double Japan, the runner-up. In fact, China produced 4.88 more cars than the US (14.4 million to 2.9 million).

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6. The Average Car Has Thousands Of Parts

The average car is made up of around 30,000 parts, including each and every little piece that is in the resulting vehicle. It might seem unbelievable, but when you start calculating equipment like side panels and interior screws, you can imagine how the numbers will start to tally up. In addition to all those parts, a Mercedes-Benz car body is welded in 10,000 places. Car manufacturer companies like Mercedes are now even selling parts online through different vendors such as eEuroparts.com, which allow people to buy OEM parts with convenience.

7. One Horse Does Not Have One Horsepower

The number of “horsepower” advertised with cars considered as a basic unit of mechanical power of that particular vehicle that can be gaged in various ways. Some manufacturers involve converting one horsepower to 745 watts, or 33,000 foot-pounds of torque per minute in a physical conversion. According to these measurements, a real horse averages only about .7 horsepower.

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Featured photo credit: Travis Wise via flickr.com

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

How to Use Travel Time Effectively

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How to Use Travel Time Effectively

Most of us associate travel and time with what we’re going to do one we get to our destination. Planning and mapping out what to do once you arrive can certainly make for a more pleasurable vacation, but there are things you can do while you are on your way that can make it even better.

Sure, you can plan for the things you’re going to do on your vacation while you are travelling en route – but what about making use of that time for other things that you don’t usually do when you’re at home? You don’t need to have your gadgets with you to do it, and you can really connect with yourself if you take the time to manage your life while heading towards your vacation destination.

Here are some great tips to help you with your time management while you travel, some of which are more conventional than others. Nonetheless, you can find out what works best for you and apply them accordingly depending on when and how you are travelling.

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1. Take Your Time Getting There

As I write this, I’m on a flight to San Francisco. Flying is the fastest way to get from place to place, and for many people it’s really the only way to travel.

But I’ve often taken the train or ferry on trips so that I have extra time without distraction to get more done. I’m not worrying about navigation or lack of space to do what I want to do. Instead I’m able to focus on getting stuff done during the time I’ve got without feeling rushed. For example, when I took the train from Vancouver to Portland, it was an eight hour trip and I managed to get a ton of writing done and closed a lot of open loops. It also was less expensive than flying, which was a bonus.

Sometimes taking the long way to get somewhere on vacation can be the best thing for you to get somewhere with your life.

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2. Go Gadget-Free

This is going to be a tough one for a lot of you. But why do you need to bring your gadgets with you when you go on vacation? It isn’t be a bad idea to leave all but one of them behind, and only pull out that one when you absolutely need to do so. In some countries, you’d be wise to be discreet with them anyway since flaunting them in front of those that are less fortunate than you isn’t a good practice. While it may not seem like flaunting to you, in different cultures it can definitely come across that way.

If you can’t go gadget-free, then at least go Internet-free. If you use a task management app that requires syncing across your multiple devices to be effective, remember that if you only have the one device with you then it can be the “master device” for the time being and will store your data locally anyway. Just sync up when you get home.

3. Reflect and Prepare

Finally, going on any sort of excursion gives you the perfect opportunity to reflect on where you’ve been. The fact you have removed yourself from where you usually are can give you a perspective that you simply can’t get when you’re at home. You may want to journal your thoughts during this time – and by taking more time to get to your destination you’ll have more time to dig deeper into it.

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After a period of reflection – however long that happens to be – you can then begin to not only prepare for the rest of your travels, you can prepare for the rest of what happens afterward. The reflection period is important, though. You need to really know where you’ve been in order to properly look at where you want to be. Time away from things gives you that chance.

Conclusion

Traveling isn’t always about where you’re going and how quickly you can get there. In fact, it’s rarely about that at all.

More often it’s where you’re at in your head that will dictate how much you benefit from traveling. So don’t just go somewhere fast. Instead, take your time on the way there and take the time to connect with not only where you are but who are while you’re there.

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If you do that, you’ll have a better chance to be who you want to be when you leave.

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