Since the first vehicle rolled on the roads in 1886, the world has a love-hate relationship with the car. Today, with more than a billion vehicles on roads around the world, it seems that we can not escape the pollution, the noise and the danger they create. One day a year, on September 22, people around the world try to avoid using cars and instead they're riding bicycles, walking or using public transport. The purpose of the day without cars is to turn off heating the planet for just one day by encouraging people to be less dependent on their cars and try alternatives. Car-free days were held throughout the 1990s and the first official global day without cars was launched in 2000. Many large cities, such as Bogota and Jakarta, close their main roads on this day and have walking and cycling events, and smaller events without Cars are held around the world.
In honor of the day without cars, get some interesting facts about cars that (maybe) you did not know:
On the roads of the world there are more than a billion cars.
Every day another 165,000 cars are produced.
The "smell of the new car" is made up of over 50 volatile organic compounds.
If this were possible, it would take less than 6 months to reach the moon by car at 95 mph.
When Hitler was in jail, he wrote a letter to the Mercedes agency asking for a car loan.
Into a Smart Car can be pushed up to 19 girls. In Karachi, Pakistan has a world record.
The average car has 30,000 parts.
92% of all new cars sold in Brazil use fuel instead of ethanol, which is produced from sugar cane.
75 percent of the cars that Rolls-Royce ever produced are still on the road.
Volkswagen is the owner of Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Audi, Ducati and Porsche.
The average American spends 38 hours a year stuck in traffic jams.
The first automobile accident in 1891 occurred in Ohio.
The chance of being killed in a road accident is 1 to 5,000.
The first time they introduced the radio to cars, many countries opposed it, saying it could distract drivers and cause accidents.
In Russia, driving a dirty car is considered a criminal offense.
Road accidents are the number one cause of death in the United States of young people under the age of 35.
In Turkmenistan, drivers are entitled to 120 liters of free fuel per year.
Los Angeles has more cars than people.
The inventor of the cruise control was blind.
The vehicle with the highest mileage traveled 4,586,630 Kilometers (2,500,000 Miles).