Automobiles and Their Impact on Society


Automobiles (pronounced as automobile and sometimes spelled car) are four-wheeled motor vehicles that carry passengers, run primarily on roads and use an internal combustion engine powered most often by gasoline, a liquid petroleum product. They are one of the most universal of modern technologies manufactured by one of the world’s largest industries, and they represent a huge percentage of the world’s passenger transportation vehicles. Modern automobiles are complex technical systems with thousands of component parts, some of which have evolved from groundbreaking breakthroughs in existing technology and others that require new materials, such as high-strength plastics and new alloys of steel and nonferrous metals. They have become an integral part of human civilization and have a significant impact on society.

Having your own car gives you the freedom to travel where and when you want to, without having to worry about bus schedules or the cleanliness of fellow passengers. It allows you to take control of your time and not be tied down by someone else’s schedule or by a rigid work routine. Having your own car also means you don’t have to be stuck in traffic, dealing with road construction or being caught in the rain and snow.

The automobile has been a powerful force for change in twentieth century America. It acted as the backbone of a new consumer-goods oriented economy, and it revolutionized the ancillary industrial sectors such as petroleum and steel. Its sales swelled to the point where it ranked as one of the country’s most valuable products and consumed a staggering amount of its own raw materials.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, it was still a luxury to have an automobile, but the invention of the Model T made it more affordable for more people. By 1920, more and more people had cars and this helped to create a middle class in America. It also allowed women to drive which was a big change in the way society worked.

After the automobile industry funneled most of its production to the war effort during World War II, American automakers began to fall behind their foreign competitors in quality, design and innovation. The era of the annually restyled road cruiser ended with the imposition of standards for safety and quality, increased questions about air pollution and the drain on dwindling world oil supplies, and the penetration of the market first by Germany’s Volkswagen “Bug” and then by Japan’s fuel-efficient, functionally designed, well-built small cars.

Automobiles have many uses, such as driving, transporting cargo, towing, racing and farming. There are even electric, hybrid and autonomous vehicles on the horizon as society shifts away from gasoline powered engines. Regardless of the future of the automobile, it remains an important part of everyday life for most Americans and is a major source of employment. Its importance to our daily lives will only increase. So be sure to keep your vehicle safe and in good working condition. By following these tips, you will have a long-lasting investment that can be enjoyed for generations to come.