10 Fast Fun Car Facts

Mary Anderson, inventor of the windshield wiper, with a sketch of her invention

These ten fast fun car facts are easy to memorize, so you can impress your friends and family. For instance, who knew the inventor of the windshield wiper was a woman, Mary Anderson? Settle in with a hot cup of coffee and get ready to soak up some cool car trivia, right here:

  1. In the movie Batman, Bruce Wayne drives a Lamborghini Murcielago. Murcielago is Spanish for “bat.”
  2. One car has some 30,000 parts and is 80 percent recyclable.
  3. Washington D.C. wins the prize worst traffic in the United States, with commuters spending 82 hours a year stalled in traffic.
  4. Of all the beautiful cars made by Rolls Royce, some 75 percent of them are still on the road.
  5. The first useable windshield wiper was invented by a woman, Mary Anderson, in 1903, but car manufacturers didn’t see the point. Cadillac was the first company to make windshield wipers standard equipment, in 1922.
  6. 1902 marks the year the first speeding ticket was issued. At that time, the maximum speed most cars could drive was only 45 mph.
  7. The first car was built in 1886 by German inventor Carl Benz, who called his creation, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen.
  8. In the United States, a car is stolen every 45 seconds.
  9. A person spends some 5 months of their life sitting in a car at red lights.
  10. Kars4Kids has picked up more than 500,000 cars, since it began operations in 1995.

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