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- The Longest traffic jam ever occurred in France on the
16th June 1980. It stretched from Paris to Lyon, a distance
of 109 miles (176 km).
- Police in the city of Monrovia, Liberia have controlled
the flow of traffic by hand since 1990 when the traffic
light system stopped working.
- The first land-speed record was conducted in 1890 by
Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat, or the "Electric
Count" as he was later known. Using his electric
car he achieved a top speed of 39.24 mph (63.15 km/h).
The record only stood for a few days before it fell to
a slightly faster electric car. Less than 100 years later
(99 to be exact), Thrust SSC became the first vehicle
to break the sound barrier. Now that's progress!
- Taxis have been operating in the city of London since
1636. Back then there were only 50 taxis serving the entire
- Vehicles sitting in traffic jams around the world use
up to 5.7 billion gallons (26 billion litres) of fuel
- During World War I, 6,000 French troops were transported
to the First Battle of the Marne in Taxis. It took 600
Paris Taxis to do the job. They were ordered by General
Joseph Gallieni, military governor of Paris at the time.
The Allies won the battle.
- The average American spends around 100 hours a year
commuting back and forth between work.
- Due to the increasing number of electric and hybrid
powered vehicles, firefighters and other emergency services
personnel are having to undergo special training which
teaches them how to safely manage the high voltage power
sources which may be exposed and extremely dangerous after
a vehicle accident.
- The World's longest car was a specially constructed
limousine which was built in California. Where else? It
was 100 feet long (30.5 metres), and featured a swimming
pool and king-size waterbed. When the pool was covered
over it could also carry a small helicopter at the rear!
- The Pan-American Highway, which stretches from Circle,
Alaska to Puerto Montt in Chile - a distance of 16,031
miles (25,800 km), is the longest highway in the World.