25 Facts You Never Knew About Driving




  • For most people, our primary source of transportation is ourselves. Hence we are first drivers of oursleves.
  • Before humans were actually humans, we walked on two feet. This facts leads from discoveries that  4 million years old hormid tossils reveal signs of bipedal locomotion. By 1.5 million years ago, our ancestors were walking exactly as we walk now.
  • The average person walks at a rate of 3.11 miles per hour.
  • Both the horse and the donkey were domesticated for road transportation around the same time, about 4000 B.C. the horse was tamed in mesopotamia while the donkey was tamed in egypt.
  • In 2008, chinese citizens bought 21,000,000 eletric bikes compared to only 9,400,000 cars.
  • The world’s oldest subway system is the london underground , but the moscow subway transports the most people annually at 3.2 billion
  • Japanese bullet trains or also called shinakansen links most major cities in japan and goes up yo 186 miles per hour. It is good to also know that the tokaido shinkansen transports 17,000 passengers per hour and is the world’s busiest high speed train.
  • 42% of Americans used planes to travel for leisure between 2008 and 2009
  • The risk of being killed in a plane crash in America is 1 in 11 million while the risk of being killed in a car is 1 in 5000
  • Transport and logistics careers will never go out of fashion. The trucking industry is set to grow by 21% in the next 10 years.
  • The most exported items worldwide include technology, furniture, food and vehicles.
  • In 1900, Americans owned 8,000 cars, in 1920, they owned 8 million, and in the 2000, there were more than 220 million. More than one car for every person over the age of 18.
  • 40% of the world’s freight is transported via trains and the number continues to grow each year.
  • The most popular car colour is white.
  • Charles freuhauf invented the first tractor-trailer over 100 years ago in 1914
  • Traffic lights technology was adapted from the rail roads. While its good to know that the red, green and yellow lights on our roads are pretty universal but were never originally created for cars.
  • Cars were seen as the “green” alternative of transportation in the early 20th century because horses were causing so much pollution with their poop.
  • In 2010, a traffic jam on a highway near beijing kept cars stuck in traffic jam went on for 97 kilometers. The locals sold food and water to the drivers for prices more than 10 times their original figures.
  • The first woman to buy a car in Nigeria was Madam Efunroye Tinubu was born in 1805 and died 1887.
  • The first woman to drive a car in Nigeria is funmilayo Ransome-Kuti.
  • Importation of cars into Nigeria as early as 1991 according to BBC.
  • Nigeria’s first car importer is william Akinola Dawodu. He started as early as 1919. He was born in 1879 and he attended CMS grammar school. He was a sole agent for the Firestome Tyres, Dodge, charlotte and Reo motors
  • Nigeria railway corporation was established in 1898
  • In 2015 Nigeria recorded one of the most tragic number of road accidents. According to the Federal Road Safety Commision (FRSC), says a total of 12,077 road crashes were recorded across the country in 2015. Sadly, 5400 people lost their lives in the process that year.
  • The first car to be made in nigeria is IZUOgu Z-6w, built engineer ezekiel izuogu. The prototype was launched in 1997. The prototype was equipped with a self made 1.8 L four cylinder engine that got 18 mpg and allowed the car to achieve a top speed of 140 km/hr (86mph)