What makes a car go?

Do you like to sit in a car and go on a family picnic? Have you guys ever thought about how difficult life would be for us if we had to travel everywhere by walking? What if locomotives were never invented?


What is a car?

  • A car is basically a four-wheeled travelling vehicle powered by an engine that provides us with a number of facilities and makes our daily life easier.
  • Cars are also called automobiles or motor vehicles, sometimes.
  • Other examples of auto motors include buses and trucks.
  • Karl Benz, the German inventor was the first person to get a patent for the car in the year 1886.

How does a car work?

  • The general part of a motor car includes the body, steering system, wheels, brakes and engine.
  • When a person drives a car, he works by starting the car and pressing the pedals for the car to work.
  • Most cars have an internal combustion engine.
  • These types of cars work by mixing gasoline and air to create small multiple explosions within cylinders placed inside the engine.
  • This explosion creates a large amount of smoke thereby generating pressure inside the engine.
  • This pressure then pushes the end of the cylinder, towards a device called a piston
  • The piston works by moving up and down, in conjunction with the pressure.
  • The movement carried out by the piston is converted into power by the connecting rods which eventually helps in the movement of wheels.
  • Along with the cylinder, there is a battery also present inside the engine so as to provide the necessary energy for a car horn, signal lights, etc.

Fun Facts:

  1. Did you know that the year 1886 is also regarded as the birth year of the modern car?
  2. The average normal car can contain about 30000 different parts.
  3. For us to travel to the moon by car, it would take about 1 month for the journey to be accomplished.

Related Questions:

  1. Which was the first locomotive invented ever?
  2. What are the different types and parts of a car?
  3. How does a car move?

True or False:

  1. A car is a two-wheeled vehicle.
  2. The first car was invented by an American person.
  3. The brake system is a part of a car.
  4. A car is also called an automobile.
  5. The car engine also consists of a battery.

Objective Quiz:

  1. The _______ is a four-wheeler locomotive.
    1. Bike.
    2. Car.
    3. Auto Rickshaw.
    4. None of the above.
  2. _________ was the first person to get a patent for the car.
    1. Karl Benz.
    2. Albert Einstein.
    3. Edward George.
    4. None of the above.
  3. _________ are the general parts of a car.
    1. Body.
    2. Engine.
    3. Wheel system.
    4. All of the above.
  4. Most cars have an ___________.
    1. Internal combustion engine.
    2. External combustion engine.
    3. Combustion engine.
    4. None of the above.
  5. The movement carried out _______ is converted into power by the connecting rods for the wheels to move.
    1. By the piston.
    2. By the rods.
    3. By the wheels.
    4. None of the above.

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