National Odometer Day

The only way you know the distance you have traveled by car is by looking at the odometer’s reading. However, there is so much to learn about this exciting instrument, so there is a day dedicated to it. You can find out about it on National Odometer Day.

May 12th is the day where you can find out more about the odometer on National Odometer Day. You know that the odometer is that small instrument that tells you the distance you have traveled from point A to point B by your vehicle. The odometer may either be mechanical or electronic, or it might be both combined. The word ‘odometer; comes from the Greek terms ‘hodos,’ which is a path, and the other word ‘metron,’ which means to measure.

The odometer is known in some countries different names, which include tripometer, mileometer, and kilometer. Do you think that the odometer is a brand new creation that has only been around since the 20th century? That is not the case as the first odometers came about in the 17th century to measure distances traveled by horse-drawn buggies or wagons. Technology has evolved, obviously, since then, which is why the odometers that existed centuries ago would not even be recognizable or usable today.

The first odometer was patented for a car in 1903 as it was known to be the Auto-Meter, and it was patented by brothers Arthur and Charles Beloit in Wisconsin. The odometer evolved from thereon, and it is the only way you can find out how far you have traveled.

The History Of National Odometer Day

There is no known history behind National Odometer Day; however, aside from the historical evolution of the odometer, speculation has it that the day derived from a Mormon pioneer in Utah in 1847 with the name of William Clayton attached the invention of his own odometer to the wagon which he called the roadometer. There is speculation that it happened on that day. Therefore, the day’s purpose is not just for everyone to learn about the odometer, but it is a reminder for you to check your odometer now and then to ensure that you are up to date to maintain your vehicle.

How To Acknowledge National Odometer Day

Take a drive in your car somewhere and see where you end up. Be sure to track the distance of your travels, and also make sure you are up to date with your maintenance schedule. You can take pictures of your travels in addition to your odometer and share them on social media. If you do that, don’t forget to add #NationalOdometerDay to your post.

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