National Odometer Day
An odometer is one of the standard equipment that comes with a new car. Track the distance traveled to keep track of how much wear your engine has taken. What is the story behind this invention? It is so important.
National Odometer Day celebrates the invention of the odometer, and how it has influenced the design and function automobiles. How could we keep track of the progress made without odometers?
The Greek words hodos, which means path or gateway, and metron (which means measure), are the origins of the term odometer. Ancient Greek bematists were trained to count steps and measure distances. The Han Dynasty of China, however, was the first to invent an odometer.
It was a vehicle that was driven on a road with a drum. Each time they measured distance, the drum was struck by a wooden figure. This device is highly advanced and was influential in the invention of an odometer.
There are many stories about the origins of the modern odometer. They all contribute to what we consider an essential component of cars, regardless of how they came about. William Clayton, a pioneer Mormon, created the “roadmometer” in 1847 and attached it to his wagon on his way to Utah.
This idea was instrumental in the creation of the odometer that would be used to measure the speed of the first automobiles built in the early 1900s. Arthur P. Warner and Charles H. Warner, both from Beloit in Wisconsin, developed the odometer and it was patented as “Auto-Meter”.
Since then, odometers help vehicle owners understand how long their cars last. National Odometer Day was established to remind people about this fact and remind them to check their odometers regularly to take better care of their cars.
Take a test drive in your car to see where it takes you. Track your mileage and reset the odometer after every drive. You’ll be better able to care for your vehicle and track how efficient you use gas.
You can share photos of your journeys and the odometer with your family and friends. No matter if you’re driving to the grocery store, or taking a long road trip, odometers can be very useful. You can keep your car in good condition by paying attention to how far you have traveled.