Car Facts We Bet You Don’t Know

There are so many things to know about cars, it would take years to learn everything. Each car has its own mechanical systems, its own unique driving experience, and its own visual appeal. CarLife (serving Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Glendale area) knows what makes cars tick and the most efficient way for them to run. We also found some great fun facts about cars for you to enjoy, just because. Check them out.

Fun Facts

Currently, there are around one billion cars in use on the earth.
*An estimated 165,000 cars are manufactured each day.
*That new car smell we all know and love, is made up of over fifty organic compounds.
*Up to nineteen girls can be packed into a smart car.
*The average car has 30,000 parts.
*The first car accident happened in 1891 in Ohio.
*The inventor of the cruise control, Ralph Teetor, was blind.
*The world record for miles on a car goes to Irvin Gordon, whose 1966 Volvo has over three million miles on it.
*95% of a car’s lifetime is spent parked.
*In the early 20th century, horses were causing so much pollution with their poop that cars were seen as the “green” alternative.
*Up to 80% of an average car is considered recyclable.
*In 1895 the world’s first automobile race occurred, where the top speed was 15mph.
*In 1896, the world’s first speeding ticket was issued. The speed limit was 2 mph, and the driver was going 8mph.
*By U.S and European law, electric cars are required to make an artificial noise, in order to be safer for pedestrians.
*The Mini Cooper’s first sketch design was drawn on a napkin in Switzerland.

There are hundreds more crazy facts we could add to the list above.Maybe your vehicle has hidden little secrets? Contact CarLife today for all your automotive needs and to find out more about your vehicle!


Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (10/11/2017) Pedro Ribeiro Simoes (Flickr)

Gift Ideas for the Car Lover in your Family!

Are you stressing about the long list of family members and friends you need to find the perfect gifts for? Well for those dads, moms, sons and daughters out there who absolutely love everything auto, we’ve put together a quick list of easy gifts ideas for the car lover in your life! As a bonus, it’s all on Amazon, so no need to brave those Black Friday lines and parking lots!

 

1. For the Practical: The Original Keychain Car Escape Tool & EcoGear FX Emergency Vehicle Flashlight

Number one is a two for one for the practical car lover in your family, or just a good gift from the concerned mother in the family! Package the resqme original keychain car escape tool that is an all in one seat belt cutter and car window breaker, along with the emergency vehicle flashlight for use in the most extreme weather and road conditions!

 

2. For The Collector: Just One More Car I Promise T-Shirt

Have someone in your family that just can’t stop collecting cars? Well look no further than this hilarious “Just One More Car I Promise” t-shirt!

 

3. For The Beverage Connoisseur: Car Mat Table Coasters

For those friends or family who like to unwind with a nice drink after a long day at work or tooling around with their favorite car, you may want to consider these adorable novelty car mat table coasters!

 

4. For The Fashionable: LED Car Meter Watch

If the car lover in your life also appreciates watches or neat accessories, consider this cool LED car meter watch. You can’t check your RPMs with this thing, but you can check the time and date!

 

We haven’t even mentioned what the very best thing to do for the car lover in your family is yet. Offer to bring their car into any Carlife Auto Care location for a tuneup, oil change or any other Phoenix auto service to make sure their prized possession is on the road for many years to come!

Road Trip Tips to Keep Your Kids Calm!

So you’ve finally planned that family road trip for the ages, but now the terrifying reality that you’ll be stuck in a car with your kids for hours on end sets in. It doesn’t matter how smoothly your vehicle is running, if the whole family isn’t happy and entertained it might be a bumpy ride. Well never fear! We’ve compiled a few ideas to keep the kids entertained and in turn, keep the parents calm.

 

Toys & Games

 

Bring out the classics! Who remembers the etch-a-sketch or the aquadoodle? Make a “busy box” for your kids full of little card games, toys, legos and more. The box lid could even be a playing surface! Books are obviously great too–for kids who don’t get car sick.

 

The Creative Spirit

 

Let your little ones harness their inner creativity! Have an old digital camera you don’t mind getting roughed up? Give it to the aspiring photographer in the family, or pick up an instant film camera. Sketchbooks, notebooks, sticker and activity books are also fun choices. Another fun idea might be bringing along a white board with some dry-erase pens! All the fun without the mess!

 

Good ol’ Technology

 

If good old fashioned toys, games and creativity don’t do the trick, thankfully there’s technology to fall back on. We’re all on our devices too much as is, but when you can’t beat them.. join them, right? DVD players, laptops and mobile devices can be a godsend on road trips or at the shop while you’re waiting on your Phoenix auto service before you leave. These devices are sure to keep the kids entertained with movies and games. Just don’t forget the headphones!

 

Are you getting ready for your ultimate family road trip? Contact us today for all of your Phoenix auto service needs and schedule an appointment at 602-850-8300!

 

Images used under creative commons license – commercial use (10/10/2016) Jay Canode (Flickr)