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Three Car Facts Every Driver Should Know

March 2, 2021, 12:00 am

Even the more routine aspects of maintaining your car can be fascinating. We put together a few car facts that make even an oil change seem pretty crazy! 

There are a lot of drivers in the United States. Americans love cars and so much of our society and day-to-day life is designed around getting behind the wheel. That means, as a nation, we own a lot of cars. There are approximately 276 million cars in the US, which is a staggering number! 

What’s just as amazing is how much we do to maintain them all. For example, most manufacturers recommend getting your vehicle’s oil changed every 3,000 miles. Since most Americans drive roughly 10,000 miles a year, that means there are approximately 900 million oil changes in a single year, using 1.1 billion barrels of oil to keep our engines running smoothly. 

One of the things that is always surprising is how long some of the basic parts of the modern automobile took to be developed. Motorized vehicles had been around for a couple of decades when a woman named Mary Anderson hired a car in New York City in 1901. During the course of the drive, a heavy, driving sleet began to block the windshield and make the journey unsafe. She was alarmed that the driver himself was forced to reach out of the window to clear the glass. She designed and patented the first windshield wiper in 1905 and once her license ran out in 1911, it became standard safety equipment on cars ever since. 

Another safety innovation would have to wait longer still. Today, anti-lock brakes are required on all cars and trucks on the road, but they’re a relatively recent invention. The technology was born in the 1950s, but they were deemed too expensive for governments to mandate. Manufacturers were slow to implement anti-lock brakes until safety began to become a more competitive sales pitch. Today, most anti-lock brake systems are managed through a computer sensor. 

 

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