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Fun facts for kids about cars

Updated April 17, 2017

Although toy cars are fun, they can't compete with the real, life-size models. Day and night, cars keep us in motion. We use cars to commute to work, to visit distant relatives and, sometimes, just to enjoy road trips with no destination.

The First Cars

Throughout history, inventors have tested numerous methods of powering automobiles. For example, the first self-propelled vehicle was a three-wheeled contraption powered by steam. Later, a Scottish inventor created an electric-powered car. Finally, in the 1880s, German engineers developed the first cars powered by internal combustion engines. These vehicles were similar to most of the cars you see on today's roadways.

Grand Prix History

Grand Prix motor racing events began in France in the 1890s. Instead of driving around a track, competitors raced between towns at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

Recycled Cars

Today, automobiles are among the most recycled items in world. This is because cars are composed of metals, such as steel, iron, copper, lead and aluminium, which can continue to serve a purpose, even after the car itself is scrapped. According to the Steel Recycling Institute, roughly 25 per cent of a car's body is already composed of recycled steel.

Speeding Tickets

Police issued one of the world's first speeding tickets in 1904 to an Ohio man who was driving 12 miles per hour. According to AutomobileInsurance.org, police now issue roughly 34 million speeding tickets every year in the United States. The average fine is £97, for an annual cost of about £3,315,000,000.

Etymology

The word "automobile" comes from the Greek term "autos," meaning "self," and the Latin term "mobilis," meaning "movable." The word "car" comes from the Norman French term "carre" and the Latin term "carrum" or "carrus." Originally, these terms described Celtic war chariots.

Peanuts Commercial

The characters from the comic strip "Peanuts" didn't appear in animated form until they played a role in a commercial for Ford Fairlaine automobiles.

Model T Popularity

The Model T Ford is one of the most popular car models in history. At one point, the Model T accounted for more than half of the cars in the world.

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About the Author

Mitch Reid has been a writer since 2006. He holds a fine arts degree in creative writing, but has a persistent interest in social psychology. He loves train travel, writing fiction, and leaping out of planes. His written work has appeared on sites such as Synonym.com and GlobalPost, and he has served as an editor for ebook publisher Crescent Moon Press, as well as academic literary journals.