Vehicle fast facts
When you transport something by car, it’s called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship it’s called cargo.
There are about a billion bicycles in the world, twice as many as motorcars.
The amount of time that people spend on travel has been consistent at 1,1 hours per person per day in all societies.
The Boston University Bridge (on Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts) is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.
Traffic jams are nothing new. In 45 BC, Rome banned all vehicles from within the city – and in other cities vehicles, including horses, were allowed only at night… because of traffic jams.
In big cities such as New York, San Francisco, Paris, Beijing and Seattle a driver annually spends 59 hours stuck in traffic congestion.
In most big cites, a bicycle is faster than a car for most trips of less than 50 minutes.
Woodward Ave in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M-1, named so because it was the first paved road anywhere.
Michigan was the first state to plow it’s roads and the first to adopt a yellow dividing line.
Air-filled tires were used on bicycles before they were used on motorcars.
The widest road in the world is the Monumental Axis in Brazil.
The longest US highway is Route 6, starting in Cape Cod, Massachusetts going through 14 states, and ending in Bishop, California.
The Karakoram Highway is the highest paved international road in the world; it connects China and Pakistan across the Karakoram mountain range, through the Khunjerab Pass, at an elevation of 15,397 ft (4,693 m).
The slogan on New Hampshire license plates is ‘Live Free or Die’. These license plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in Concord.
The WD in WD-40 stands for Water Displacer.
Traffic lights were used before the advent of the motorcar.
At age 18, the Queen of England was a mechanic for the British Military.
The crawler, the machine that takes the Space Shuttle to the launching pad moves at 2 mph (3km/h).
A scientific satellite needs only 250 watts of power, the equivalent used by two hour light bulbs, to operate.
The Space Shuttle always rolls over after launch to alleviate structural loading, allowing the shuttle to carry more mass into orbit.
Chrysler built B-29’s that bombed Japan, Mitsubishi built Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant called Diamond Star.
The first train reached a top speed of only 5 mph (8 km/h).
The first known image of a railway line – at the Capability Brown-landscaped garden at Prior Park, near Bath, UK – was made in a drawing by Anthony Walker, 1750.
Prior Park by Capability Brown – first image of a train. Img via Spectator.
The only person allowed to drive without a license or number plate in the UK is the monarch.
15 people are killed every hour in road accidents in India.
Jet lag was once called boat lag, back before jets existed.
Alaska has the highest percentage of people who walk to work in the United States.
In ancient China, the nose of a criminal who attacked travelers was cut off.
About a quarter of the world still drives on the left, and the countries that do are mostly old British colonies.
Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5pm.
There are more than 16,400 parking meters in Manhattan, New York.
New York cabs get about 2000 tickets per month, handed out by about 2000 traffic attendants.
Manhattan traffic crawls at an average of 6.2 miles an hour on midtown city streets.
John Deere Engine Works in Waterloo, Iowa delivered its 2 millionth engine in 2016.
The world’s largest drone maker, DJI (Dà-Jiāng Innovations Science and Technology Co Ltd), was founded in 2006 by Frank Wang (b. 1980). Their Mavic Pro model has a top speed of 22 mph (35 km/h), a range of 4.3 miles (7 km) and flight time of 27 minutes. Its 5 auxiliary cameras and 2 sonic sensors work to avoid collisions by following topographical changes to maintain altitude.
The usual thermal efficiency of reciprocal steam engine is 15% and that of a steam turbine is more than 40%.
A gallon of gasoline produces up to 8.8 kg of CO2.
A gallon of diesel weighs one pound more than a gallon of gasoline.