8 weird car facts you may not know!


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Fact is many times stranger than fiction, and autos are not left out of the quirks of our world. These facts will blow your mind and make you think. Check them out!

All cars are special. You may not know it but that very car you might have overlooked tends to have an outstanding factor which I bet you haven't thought about. Here are some weird yet surprising car factors that will make you appreciate that car which may look outdated to you.

1. The blind cruise control inventor

Do you know that the man who invented cruise control in a car was a blind man? His name was Ralph Teetor and he got his inspiration from his lawyer who was quite a poor driver.

>>> Naijauto has already written about this topic here: Car history: The cruise control was invented by a blind man


Ralph Teetor invented the cruise control for cars. He was blind.

2. First world car accident

The first ever world car accident happened in 1891. This started the introduction of safety equipment for drivers.


Automobile scar-ups are as old the car itself

3. Going to the moon by a car

it will take less than a month to get to the moon by a car. Just keep driving upward at 60mph. That's right. If you intend doing this, at least you know now it's not impossible. Good luck!


The moon is actually within driving distance

4. Driving to the Sun: much longer than you expect

Intending to “drive” to the sun after we say the moon is within driving distance? 

Well, think twice! It will take about 150 years for a car to drive to the Sun with its average speed.


You will get burnt before your car reaches this Fire ball!

5. Soybeans car - no hoax, it's 100% real!

Henry Ford made a car out of soya beans! The soybean car was a prototype car built with agricultural plastic. Whoa!


Can you believe this car was made of soybean?

6. Cooling down a car under the sun

One can immediately cool down a car that has been sitting under the sun. By rolling down the window on one side and opening and closing the door on the other side five to six times. If you knew about this, lucky you!

7. Domino Pizza shares for a car?

In 1961, a co-founder of Domino's Pizza (known then as DomiNicks) sold his shares for a Beetle Volkswagen.

Tom and James Monaghan had purchased a pizza restaurant, DomiNick’s, for $500. After eight months of running the business as a partnership, James Monaghan decided to trade his stake to his brother for a used Volkswagen Beetle. Now that restaurant is known as Domino Pizza.


Domino's pizza delivering car. A co-owner traded his shares for $500

8. Inventor of Windshield wipers

The inventor of windshield wipers was a woman. Her name was Mary Anderson and she invented it in the year 1903. Then she called it “the window cleaning device”.

>>> And Naijauto also has a separate post on this. Check it out: The history of car windshield wiper


Mary Anderson's invention keep us safe in the rain today

>>> Get more inspiring auto facts, news and other auto resources at Naijauto.com!

Joshua-Philip Okeafor
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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).


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