ExperTec Fun Car Facts
- Created: Sunday, 12 June 2016 21:47
- Written by Mr. Car Guy
We all know how mundane your daily drive to work or running those weekly errands can be so, here’s some fun auto repair and maintenance facts. Hopefully these will help you know more about the your automobile you love and rely on for transportation:
Antilock brakes were invented over 50 years ago. Although they are a relatively recent safety feature on most passenger cars, antilock brakes have actually been around for more than half a century. The British company Road Research Laboratories created the first antilock braking system in 1958, which was called “Maxaret” and used in production on the 1966 Jensen FF sports sedan. These systems were initially extremely expensive and were not widely used, but advances in brake controller technology have made ABS standard on almost every recent model vehicle.
Windshield wipers were invented by a woman. Mary Anderson invented windshield wipers in 1903 after visiting New York City, where she noticed that the streetcar driver had to keep his window open in a sleet storm and clean his windshield by hand with a squeegee. She acquired a patent for the windshield wiper but couldn’t sell her invention to car companies, who claimed that the device did not have commercial value. But after her patent expired in 1920, windshield wipers soon became a standard feature on automobiles. Even in sunny Southern California, changing your wiper blades is an important part of automotive maintenance - you don’t want to be caught in a rainstorm and have wipers that only make your windshield cloudier!