1. The first vehicle was invented by Ferdinand Verbiest in 1672. And the first car powered by an internal-combustion engine was made by Karl Benz in 1885.
2. The word “automobile” was originally a French one, formed from the Greek “autos” or (self) and Latin. “mobilis” - movable. Literally - "wagon moving by itself."
3.Initially a chauffeur was called a person who threw on coals or wood in the engine room. The word “chauffeur” translated from French means "coal heaver, stoker." The first cars were powered by the steam-engine, the drivers had to melt it, so they (by analogy with the stokers of locomotives) also became known as chauffeurs.
4. By the time the automobiles came up, the power of their engines had been indicated in horsepowers, because horses were the main pulling power. In Europe, one horsepower is understood as the power needed to lift 75 kg (165 lbs) on 1 mile per second.
5. The first auto insurance policy with a coverage of $ 5000 was sold in 1898 by Dr. Truman Martin, who paid for it $ 12.25. At that time, there were 4 thousand of cars and 20 million of horses in America.
6. The first car exceeded the speed limit of 60 mph was an electric car. It was invented in1899 by the Belgian race car driver Camille Zhenattsi.
7. The first car equipped with three-point seat belts, was launched in 1959 by Volvo company.
8. Once, Scotish physicist Robert Watson-Watt was stopped for speeding by a policeman with a speed gun, and then he remarked: "If I knew what you were going to do with it, I would never have invented it!".
9. The Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star logo, created in 1909, symbolizes the success of the car brand on the land, in the water and in the air, because in addition to the cars, "Daimler" company were produced the ship and aircraft engines.
10. The windscreen wipers, which are an important component of each car were invented by a woman. Before 1903, the atmospheric precipitates were disturbed the drivers. Drivers had to stop and manually wipe the glass for visibility improvement. This problem was solved by the young American woman - Mary Anderson. Her idea of making the life of drivers more easier, was born during a trip from Alabama to New York. All the way the snow was falling and there was a rain. Mary Anderson saw how drivers were constantly stopped, opened the windows and removed the snow from the windscreen. So Mary decided that the process can be improved and began to develop a scheme of window cleaning device.