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In many parts of the world cars are one of those things that you just can’t live without. For some of you it is probably something that you use every single day. But for others it may be a rarity. Either way, we’re sure you’ll find something you didn’t know concerning automobiles in this list. While most people think automobiles were developed by Henry Ford, the Model T car wasn’t developed until 1908. In 1886, more than 20 years prior to that, Karl Benz invented the first official car in Germany. Today his company is known as Mercedes-Benz. What the Model T did accomplish, however, was to become the first car made affordable to the masses. Although cars have changed the way we live our lives in many positive ways, they have also contributed to some negative effects. For example, the number one injury-related cause of death in the world is car accidents. Cars and fuel have also been blamed as major causes of global warming. All of this is the price we pay for the convenience of having our own vehicles. So, whether you drive a car every day or you have never driven one at all, these are 25 Things You Might Not Know About Cars And Driving!

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In many states in the US you can be charged with a DUI even if you are sleeping drunk in a parked car

In many states in the US you can be charged with a DUI even if you are sleeping drunk in a parked car

Source: beforeitsnews.com, Image: wikipedia

24

In Churchill, Canada residents leave their cars unlocked so that passing pedestrians can take shelter if they happen across a polar bear

In Churchill, Canada residents leave their cars unlocked so that passing pedestrians can take shelter if they happen across a polar bear

Source: outsideonline.com, Image: wikipedia

23

Somebody once stole Mr Rogers’ car but returned it after they realized who he was

Somebody once stole Mr Rogers' car but returned it after they realized who he was

Source: cnn, Image: wikipedia

22

The ignition on Porsches is always on the left. This is because they used to be racing cars and drivers could save some time by starting the car with their left hand and shifting into gear with their right

The ignition on Porsches is always on the left. This is because they used to be racing cars and drivers could save some time by starting the car with their left hand and shifting into gear with their right

Source: drive.porsche.com, Image: wikipedia

21

Ever since the Indy Car Series switched to Honda engines in 2006, there have been no failures

Ever since the Indy Car Series switched to Honda engines in 2006, there have been no failures

Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

20

If you press your car remote button more than 256 times while it is out of range, it can lose synchronization with your car and stop working

If you press your car remote button more than 256 times while it is out of range, it can lose synchronization with your car and stop working

Source: howstuffworks, Image: wikipedia

19

Nearly 3/4 of the cars ever produced by Rolls Royce are still on the road

Nearly 3/4 of the cars ever produced by Rolls Royce are still on the road

Source: economist, Image: wikipedia

18

In 1941 nearly 3 million cars were manufactured in the US. Once the nation entered World War II almost all production was focused on military equipment and until the end of the war only 139 more cars were produced.

In 1941 nearly 3 million cars were manufactured in the US. Once the nation entered World War II almost all production was focused on military equipment and until the end of the war only 139 more cars were produced.

Source: pbs, Image: wikipedia

17

In 2007, Ryan Holle of Florida was sentenced to life in prison for lending his car to a friend who went on to murder a teenage girl

In 2007, Ryan Holle of Florida was sentenced to life in prison for lending his car to a friend who went on to murder a teenage girl

Source: nytimes, Image: wikipedia

16

A taxi driver in Greece has recorded the highest mileage ever on a Mercedes at nearly 3 million miles. He donated his car to a museum and was given a new one.

A taxi driver in Greece has recorded the highest mileage ever on a Mercedes at nearly 3 million miles. He donate his car to a museum and was given a new one.

Source: worldcarfans.com, Image: wikipedia

15

Bridget Driscoll of the UK became the first victim of a car crash. She was hit by a car traveling 4mph.

Bridget Driscoll of the UK became the first victim of a car crash. She was hit by a car traveling 4mph.

Source: cadiff.gov.uk, Image: pixabay

14

In many European countries, your car headlights can never be turned off, even during the day

In many European countries, your car headlights can never be turned off, even during the day

Source: wikitravel, Image: wikipedia

13

The first car to have a rear view mirror was driven by Ray Harroun during the Indy 500 in 1911 so he could see his competitors catching up to him

The first car to have a rear view mirror was driven by Ray Harroun during the Indy 500 in 1911 so he could see his competitors catching up to him

Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

12

In 2002 numerous callers reported having seen a car run off the road near Surrey, England. Police arrived and found no sign of a crash or even a car. They eventually did find a car, however, (and a decomposed driver) in the ditch but they determined that the car had crashed more than 5 months ago

In 2002 numerous callers reported to having seen a car run off the road near Surrey, England. Police arrived and found no sign of a crash or even a car. They eventually found did find car, however, (and a decomposed driver) in the ditch but determined that the car had crashed more than 5 months ago

Source: getsurrey.co.uk, Image: wikipedia

11

In 2004, when Oprah gave her audience cars for free…they weren’t really free. Each new owner had to pay about $6,000 in income tax

In 2004, when Oprah gave her audience cars for free...they weren't really free. Each new owner had to pay about $6,000 in income tax

Source: history.com, Image: wikipedia

10

To instantaneously cool your hot car down, roll down the window on one side and open/close the opposite door several times

To instantaneously cool your hot car down, roll down the window on one side and open/close the opposite door several times

Source: reddit, Image: Ecin Krispie via Flickr

9

The gas guzzler tax in the US that was meant to deter people from driving fuel heavy vehicles only applies to cars and not SUVs or vans. This is because back in 1978 when the law was passed, vans and SUVs weren’t often used as passenger vehicles. The law has yet to be updated.

The gas guzzler tax in the US that was meant to deter people from driving fuel heavy vehicles only applies to cars and not SUVs or vans. This is because back in 1978 when the law was passed, vans and SUVs weren't often used as passenger vehicles. The law has yet to be updated.

Source: epa.gov, Image: wikipedia

8

In California it is legal to drive a motorcycle between two lanes (and two cars). Known as lane-splitting, most people don’t realize that this is in fact legal (53% at last poll)

In California it is legal to drive a motorcycle between two lanes (and two cars). Known as lane-splitting, most people don't realize that this is in fact legal (53% at last poll)

Source: scpr.org, Image: wikipedia

7

Initially, the Soviet Union allowed the Grapes of Wrath to be played in theaters because it depicted how people suffered under capitalism. It was eventually pulled, however, because audiences were amazed at how even the poorest Americans could afford a car

Initially, the Soviet Union allowed the Grapes of Wrath to be played in theaters because it depicted how people suffered under capitalism. It was eventually pulled, however, because audiences were amazed at how even the poorest Americans could afford a car

Source: revues.org, Image: wikipedia

6

In Norway there are very strict rules about advertising cars as being green. The official position is that “green” cars cannot do any good for the environment. They just do less damage than others.

In Norway there are very strict rules about advertising cars as being green. The official position is that

Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

5

In South Africa it is legal to attach flamethrowers to the bottom of your car in order to ward off car jackers

In South Africa it is legal to attach flamethrowers to the bottom of your car in order to ward off car jackers

Source: wikipedia, Image: Bala Sivakumar via Flickr

4

During the 1978 Formula One, there was a so called “fan car” competing. It had fans on the underside that created a vacuum and sucked the car to the road. It was disqualified shortly thereafter

During the 1978 Formula One, there was a so called

Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

3

The Cozy Coupe toy car by Little Tikes was named the “best selling car of the decade” in 1998. It outsold both the Honda Accord and the Ford Taurus

The Cozy Coupe toy car by Little Tikes was named the

Source: nytimes, Image: Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr

2

The Honda Prelude was the first mass produced car to have a mechanical 4-wheel steering system. It’s first year it even beat its Porsche and Ferrari contenders in the slalom test

The Honda Prelude was the first mass produced car to have a mechanical 4-wheel steering system. It's first year it even beat its Porsche and Ferrari contenders in the slalom test

Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

1

Lincoln Town cars are the last US luxury car to use body-on-frame construction rather than a unibody frame. This allows for the vehicle to easily be lengthened and is also why almost every limousine is a Lincoln Town Car.

Lincoln Town cars are the last US luxury car to use body-on-frame construction rather than a unibody frame. This allows for the vehicle to easily be lengthened and is also why almost every limousine is a Lincoln Town Car.

Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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