We spend hours in our vehicles, yet many drivers don’t know the first thing about what’s under the hood. Here’s a few basic things you may not know about cars in general. Some things are so oblivious to us when they are staring us right in the eyes!

The fuel gauge lets you know what side the gas tank is on. So when you drive someone else’s car or a rental and wonder on which side you have to pull up at the last second, check for the small arrow besides the gas pump icon on your fuel indicator.

A computer runs your engine. Things such as the oxygen sensors and catalytic converters send signals to a computer, which regulates elements of the fuel and air intake process. When your vehicle runs into issues, these systems can send signals to your check engine light, make your car run strangely, or cause it to stall.

Hang on to your car keys, they are very expensive nowadays. Most car owners don’t realize that since most companies use FOBs instead of traditional keys that we used to insert into the ignition, prices can start at $50 and escalate to a few hundred dollars. In addition, programming the key costs another hundred dollars or so.

Your car takes just one shot to get started. Most people think starting their cars takes a lot of gas- it actually takes just about one ounce of gasoline.

One horse doesn’t have one horsepower. The horsepower on a vehicle is calculated by a unit of mechanical power that can be assessed by converting one horsepower to 745 watts, which translates to 33,000 foot-pounds per minute. With these measurements, one horse actually averages about 0.7 horsepower.

The average car has about 30,000 parts. Your vehicle is just one complicated, gigantic puzzle of machinery.
Running out of gas is actually detrimental to your vehicle’s health. Letting your vehicle run out of gas can cause serious fuel line problems; small particles of dirt and rust at the bottom of the gas tank can be sucked up by the fuel pump, which can get dirt past the fuel filter and into the injectors.

Seat belt laws still vary by state. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that national seat belt usage was at 87% in 2013, which was the highest ever. However, in Florida, buckle up; it’s the law. Florida was at 88.8% in 2014, so keep it up!

Future cars will need a driver’s license. What? Self-driven cars are being tested; that’s pretty common knowledge. But Did you know that these self-driving cars will need drivers’ licenses to be used on the open road? The first state to authorize self-driven cars for their state roads and to issue the first autonomous vehicle license was Nevada.

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