UK Motoring Facts – Infographic

We buy them, we drive them, we pay endless money for them, but what do we really know about the world of cars and automobiles?

In 1768, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot built the first steam powered automobile capable of transporting humans Click To Tweet

Today, cars are amongst many people’s most prized, valuable and loved possessions. Learning to drive gives the idea of freedom and independence. Check out the amazing history of the automotive world with these strange and surprising UK motoring facts brought to you by us at Exminster garage in Exeter.

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How many vehicles are on UK roads?

As of 2014, there were approximately 35.6 million licensed vehicles in use on the roads of Britain.

When was the MOT test introduced?

The MOT test was introduced in 1960 by the minister of transport. As a now compulsory annual test for the safety of a motor vehicle to ensure that everything is working as it should, a person receives a document certifying that their vehicle has passed the MOT test.

What if all UK roads were laid out in a straight line?

If all UK roads followed as a straight line, we’d go 238,855 miles from the Earth and past the moon!

When was the 50th anniversary of the stretch motorway?

Designed for high-speed traffic flow, the anniversary of the first stretch motorway (the Preston Bypass in Lancashire) was 5 December 2008.

When did the map first display the English motorway system?

In 1946, the first map was published showing a motorway system in England which included the M1, M4, ,5, 6, M62 and M18.

Approximately how many UK motorists have been caught speeding in the last five years?

Almost 1 in 6, however in recent years there are fewer patrol cars on the road to catch these law-breakers.

How many road deaths involve drink driving?

Nearly 1 in 6 deaths in the UK are caused because drivers are over the legal alcohol intake limit.

How many cars are produced in the UK every day?

60 million cars (165,000 per year) will be produced worldwide in a single year, 1.5 million of them on average being formed in the UK.

Roughly how many parts does the average car have?

The average car contains around 30,000 parts!

When did the very first car accident occur?

In 1891, James Lambert (an engineer) was driving an early gasoline powered buggy when he hit a tree root that was sticking out of the ground causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

Who designed the three-point seatbelt design?

Volvo made the three-point seatbelt design patent open and available to other car manufacturers for free in the interest of safety it saves 1 in 6 lives

What’s the approximate percentage of a car that is fully recyclable?

Up to 80% of an average car is recyclable

So, there you have it, 14 interesting facts about cars in the UK that you may not have been aware of. UK motoring involves many rules and regulations, from road signs to parking regulations.

The UK automotive industry turned over £53.9 billion in 2012, from the Vauxhall Corsa to the Mercedes SLK – Britain certainly loves its cars. Always make sure that your driving experience is safe and most importantly, enjoy the roads!

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