Effects Of Cars In Our Society
Cars have been used as a mode of transport since the start of the twentieth century. 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. The effects of cars in the third world countries has not been as great as in the more developed countries but even so, their effects have not gone unnoticed. 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.
It does not take much for one to see the great advantages that cars have brought in our lives. As earlier stated, the car industry has created a myriad of job opportunities. Jobs created through the car manufacturing industry have mainly gone to benefit our unemployed youth. 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. Refueling at a gas station is another stop that the owner of the car will have to make. When the car gets dirty, they stop at a car wash establishment and if the car needs servicing, they go to the mechanic. All these people are able to make a living from car manufacturing thus enabling the growth of the economy.
An effect that many overlook to the production of cars is that it has encouraged laziness in the human population. People no longer have to walk anywhere. 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. There has been increased carbon emissions from such countries since many of their citizens drive their own cars which run on fossil fuel. These kinds of emissions have led to the melting of the polar ice caps leading to a rise in the sea level.
Keeping in mind how much easier our lives are with cars, we must also not forget the negative effects they have had in our lives. Sure extinction would follow if at all nature decided to turn against us. Finding ways to better the cars we already have will go a long way to create a balance between technology and nature.