There are hundreds of millions of people on the roads all over the world at any given point but do they really know about the cars that they are using to ferry them around? There is probably a ton of information that they do not know. For instance, when you turn on the radio, did you know that the first commercial radio was sold in 1930 for 130 dollars? That would be $1790 in today’s money.
The airbags in our cars make us feel safe and they usually are … except when they kill us of course. An airbag uses a small explosive charge to inflate and it is designed to fully inflate in approximately 40 milliseconds. This means that in just a fraction of a second, the airbag will be travelling towards your face at a speed of about 200 miles an hour! This is usually lifesaving in serious accidents. Unfortunately, the force generated by deploying airbags alone kills one out of every 22 people that it saves.
Have you ever wondered where the term ‘road kill’ came from? Well, you don’t have to wonder any longer. In the U.S. more than one million animals are killed every single day by motorists. Every year, motorists kill about 41 million squirrels. Not only small animals are killed by cars. More deer are killed by vehicles than hunters.
You might think that the world’s population of 7 billion people is a huge number. As it turns out, motor vehicles might one day become more than the number of people because more cars are being manufactured than babies are being born. The rate is precisely 3 times faster and in 2012 alone, 60 million cars were produced compared to 20 million babies being born.
Many people have the fear of flying and it is usually tied to the thought of falling from several thousand feet in the air to the ground below. This is a highly irrational fear because a person is much more likely to die in a car crash than in a plane crash. A person is likely to be involved in a fatal accident in 1 out of every 5,000 car crashes. The odds of dying in a plane crash are 1 in every 25 million.
With the increase in the number of cars on the roads today, traffic jams are inevitable no matter how many roads we make or how big we make them. The world’s longest traffic jam happened in 1980 in Europe. The traffic was backed up for a whopping 177 km (110 miles).
Still on traffic jams, let us talk a little about the world’s longest lasting traffic jam. It occurred in Beijing, China in the year 2010. The 100 km (62-mile) traffic jam did not clear up for an unbelievable 12 days! It would be a safe bet to say that nobody was prepared for this grueling two-week road trip. Still on the issue of sheer number of cars, the United States has more cars per capita than any other country since there is one car for every person (infants included).