Effects Of Cars In Our Society
From the start of the twentieth century, the use of cars as a means of transport has been common in the world. Throughout the world, cars have become an accepted symbol in the transport industry. Being the most popular means to get by, their effect has been felt in the world. For developing countries, not many effects have been noted as in the first world countries that are more industrialized. The invention of the car has had sweeping effects, both good and bad, on the society where there have been changes in employment patterns, distribution of materials and also social infrastructure.
Noticing the great advantages that cars have brought us is very easy to do. As earlier stated, the car industry has created a myriad of job opportunities. Our unemployed youth have been the chief benefactors of these jobs. If the car manufacturing industry faltered, there would be a ripple effect created where several people would be left unemployed. When a car leaves the car dealer’s shop, the owner might decide to go fill the paperwork necessary for insurance and maybe hire a chauffeur to drive them around too. They might decide to stop at a gas station to refuel. When the car gets dirty, they stop at a car wash establishment and if the car needs servicing, they go to the mechanic. For economic growth, we need all these people actively working since they are affected by the car industry directly.
An overshadowed effect of increased availability of cars to the population is that it has led to increased laziness in people. Waking has become a taboo. There are those who have a taxi number on speed dial since they do not want to even consider the possibility of them walking anywhere, even to the supermarket that may be a stone-throw’s away. Some countries have fallen into a trap of auto-dependency where the citizens barely see the need for using a sidewalk and instead prefer the use of cars. Increased gaseous emissions have been noted from such countries due to the presence of so many fossil fuel operated machines. These kinds of emissions have led to the melting of the polar ice caps leading to a rise in the sea level.
We still need to keep in mind the effects cars have had in our lives, both the good and bad. We would not stand a chance if at all mother nature decided to fight back with us. Invention of more environmental friendly cars would go a long way to striking a balance between nature and technology.