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Car facts to ponder when you’re behind the wheel

We spend a lot of time in our vehicles. We could literally spend hours a week in our cars getting to work or even drive vehicles as part of our jobs. We take weekend trips or road trips and drive our cars when we go out for the evening. So it’s no wonder that we identify with our cars, carefully planning the exact make and model we would like to buy, and forking out a slice of our salaries on car payments and maintaining and cleaning them.

Our relationship with cars is so close, and yet there are many motoring facts we probably don’t know about. We’ve put together some car facts from Factslides.com to give you something to think about the next time you’re on the road.

Could cars outnumber people?

There are 1 billion cars in use worldwide. About 165 000 cars are produced every day. To give you some perspective, Unicef estimates that 386 000 babies are born globally every day. So we are almost at the point of producing one car for every two children. In future, could the number of cars exceed the number of people we have on Earth?

So many little bits

The average car has 30 000 parts. When you think about everything that could go wrong and every part that needs to be maintained, it’s surprising that our vehicles last for as long as they do without needing to go to the mechanic. It’s also interesting to note that up to 80% of an average car is recyclable.

Driverless cars could change our world

A total of 95% of a car’s lifetime is spent parked. With the advent of driverless cars, there are predictions that we will share more cars in future (think about the Airbnb and Uber models) which will mean cars spend less time parked. This will alleviate the growing need for parking areas in cities. It will also hopefully resolve some of our problems with traffic congestion. A recent study also estimated that the mass adoption of self-driving cars could reduce traffic accidents by 90%.

Car facts regarding safety

  • Traffic accidents kill 1.3 million people every year. Accidents are the world’s leading cause of death for people between 15-29 years old, this is more lethal than Malaria.
  • Tragically, Joe Ranft, co-writer and co-director of the Pixar animated film, Cars, died in a car accident while the movie was still in production in 2005. He was 45 years old.
  • Volvo in Sweden invented the three-point seatbelt design. Volvo left the patent open so that other car manufacturers could use it for free. Today, seatbelts save one life every six minutes.

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