11 Unusual Facts About Driving That You Probably Didn’t Know
Many years ago, the wonderful minds on this planet created the car. Since then, billions of people have learned to drive, most of which own a car of their own. Unfortunately, many people abuse the privilege of driving and some even lose their license in the process. Here are 11 facts about driving that you may not be aware of so that you can avoid putting yourself in a position where you could lose your license.
- Most of the world’s roundabouts are located in France due to the plethora of villages. Did you know that they use their roundabouts for art displays? Roundabouts reduce up to 75% of accidents rather than the use of stop signs, so make sure that when you approach one that you’re as careful as your should be.
- In Finland, if you get a speeding ticket it depends on how much your income is rather than the crime committed. There was once a ticket issued for 170,000 euros because a wealthy man was caught speeding. If you don’t live in Finland, count your lucky stars that this rule doesn’t apply to you. Of course, speeding is never permitted anyway. The speed limits are put in place for a reason; your safety.
- Some cities situate carpooling lanes so that people who are trying to be more environmentally friendly can make their commute a little faster. This is a little reward for those who are making the effort for the planet. Consider sharing a car with someone so that you can save costs on fuel and save the planet.
- In the UK, one is six of all driving deaths are due to a drink driver. The safest way to avoid this is to not drink at all before driving anywhere. This way you’re not at fault of an accident, and you could be saving yours or someone else’s life. In France, it’s the law to carry a breath test on you when you’re travelling in the car. Authorities have realised problems with this because of people obtaining insufficient breathalysers, but still have not removed the law.
- In Brazil, self defense is a part of the training they have to undertake before passing their driving tests because of the amount of high violence carjacking that has occurred over the years.
- In Japan, drivers over the age of 75 are required to display a sign to let other drivers know that they are of an older age. Imagine that in an area that’s full of angry road ragers?
- The average person spends two weeks of their lives waiting at a stop sign or a red light, even if they don’t hold a license. That’s quite depressing really, isn’t it? Also, the average British driver will spend nearly 100 days of their life in traffic jams. That’s a lot of angry people.
- The odds that you will die in a car crash is around 1 in 5000, with those odds rapidly decreasing it makes your fear of planes (1 in 10 million) seem that little bit less important. You’re more likely to die in a car crash than you are in a plane. Quite a scary thought!
- Having a four wheel car won’t save your life. You might be able to drive on many more terrains than the usual two-wheel drive, but it’s stopping speed and safety isn’t likely to save you any better than a regular two-wheel car. Think about that the next time it’s snowing or the roads are icy.
- Tailgating is one of the most dangerous things that you can do. It’s annoying when someone is driving ridiculously slow, or you’re trying to keep up with their speed by being right up behind them, but if they need to make an emergency stop, it’s likely that you will end up through your windscreen. Give plenty of space between you and the car in front of you so that if you do need to suddenly stop, you’ve got time to perform it without putting anyone in danger.
- The best rule to remember when driving is that you cannot trust anyone. Take it as everyone else is unable to drive safely so that you take extra precautions to stay safe.
There we have it, eleven unusual facts about driving that you should take on because it might one day save your life or your license. Remember, driving is a privilege, not a right.