Ever wondered when the first speeding ticket was issued, or how many cars there are in the world? We look at 10 of the weirdest driving facts from around the world:
- It is a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia
Bad news for all those that hate washing their car! In Russia it is illegal to drive around in a car that is deemed dirty by traffic police, the penalty being an on the spot fine.
- There are more cars than people in Los Angeles
There are 3.9 million people in Los Angeles and 6.4 million cars!
- The world’s first speeding ticket was issued in 1896
Walter Arnold was travelling through Kent at four times the legal limit when he got caught and issued a speeding ticket. The limit at the time was 2mph and Walter Arnold was going at 8mph.
- 1.2 billion cars are currently in use around the world
Compared to the world’s population, that’s around one car for every seven people on Earth. It’s thought that this will have increased to 2 billion by 2035!
- The average British driver will spend around 99 days of their life stuck in traffic
Bad news for British drivers! Reports have said that us Brits will spend around 99 days of our life stuck in traffic jams. With Londoners being the worst off and spending up to 1 hour a day in traffic.
- The man who invented cruise control was blind
If you’re a fan of cruise control then you have a man called Ralph Teetor to thank! In 1948 he filed the patent for cruise control, after getting into a car with his lawyer (who wasn’t a great driver!). But despite inventing a device that controls the speed of the car automatically, Teetor couldn’t actually drive himself as he was completely blind.
- Denmark charges a tax of 150% on all new car purchases
The high costs of running a car are well known to motorists all over the world but Denmark’s high road tax is unheard of elsewhere. The Nordic nation’s Vehicle Registration Tax is 150% on all cars bought over 81,700 kroner.
- In Spain it is illegal to drive in certain shoes
This is a good one to know before you hit sunny Spain on your summer holidays! If you drive in flip-flops, backless shoes, high heels or barefoot in Spain you could face a fine of EUR 200.
- In Slovenia you mustn’t indicate as you approach a roundabout
Instead you only indicate to show when you’re leaving the roundabout.
- In Costa Rica it is ok to drink at the wheel as long as you stop before you get drunk
Driving in general around Costa Rica can be dangerous, but this isn’t helped by the fact that many people get behind the wheel after drinking, and even drink behind the wheel! In Costa Rica it’s not illegal to do this as long as you stop before you get drunk.
So there we have it! 10 weird and wonderful driving facts from around the world. Know of any more driving facts we may have missed? Let us know on social!
Author: Joseph Lazare