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May 12 is holiday dedicated to device, without which it is impossible to imagine modern transport, this is Odometer Day when need to think about equipment allows calculating important characteristics, monitor proper operation of vehicles, learn about need for repairs.

The History

With odometer distance was overcome using car or other transport is measured. Device can be automatic, mechanical and electromechanical. Inventor’s name is unknown to history; similar measuring devices were used in Ancient Greece, Roman Empire, Asian states. Artificial devices were made of wood; human step was taken as unit of measurement. William Clayton is known as inventor of road meter, presented result of work in 1847. Warner brothers were first to install odometer in car, close to modern analogue, in 1903.

Interesting Facts

Word «odometer» was formed from two Greek etymological roots, meaning «measure of way» in translation.

  1. Modern cars are equipped with trip meter. Counter indicators can be reset at moment to begin. Device differs from odometer in that it is impossible to change results.
  2. Odometer readings are recorded/taken into account during technical inspection of car, according to current legal rules, must be carried out regularly.
  3. If you intend to purchase used car, need to pay attention to numbers displayed on odometer. Sellers fake device to get higher price.

Take care of personal cars, monitor condition and carry out repairs on time. Car is convenient means of transportation helps people get to desired destination. Mechanisms require monitoring to work smoothly. Adjust odometer displays accurate information to conduct analytics, subsequently save fuel.

When is Odometer Day celebrated in 2022?

Odometer Day is observed on May 12 each year.