- Your fuel gauge tells you which side your gas tank is on- In newer models, car makers have begun to include a "secret triangle" to show you which side the gas tank is on.
- Your engine is run by a computer- Items like oxygen sensors and catalytic converters on your vehicle send signals to a computer. Problems with this computerized system can flag your check engine light, make your car run strangely, or even cause it to stall.
- Car keys are pricey- New keyless entry fobs cost a lot more than your traditional car key. Prices can start around $50 and can go up to over $100.
- Your car requires just a quick drink to get going- Experts have found that the average car takes about half an ounce of gasoline to start.
- One horse does not have one horsepower- The standard conversion for one horsepower is 33,000 foot-pounds of torque per minute. By this measurement, a real horse averages only about .7 horsepower.
- Your car is an elaborate puzzle of parts- Estimates show that the average car has over 30,000 parts.
- Keeping a full tank keeps your car healthy- Running out of gas can cause serious fuel line problems and running low can be detrimental, too.
- Seat belt laws still vary by state- Seat belt usage is up nationally though. In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported national seat belt usage at a rate of 87%.
- The car of the future will need a driver's license- We've heard of self-driven cars being tested, but did you know that each car will need its own individual license to be operated on the open road?
Interesting, right? We hope this random knowledge helps in your everyday driving.