How Automobiles Have Changed Our Lives


The automobile has been one of the most powerful forces of change in American history. It has transformed the nation’s culture, creating new leisure activities, services and industries. It has changed the way people live, enabling people to travel long distances and to visit friends and family more easily. It has changed the economy, boosting agriculture, steel, and petroleum industries. It has helped create and develop suburban communities and a wide variety of retail businesses.

The invention and perfection of the automobile began in Germany and France toward the end of the 1800s, but it was American businessman Henry Ford who greatly improved manufacturing techniques, making cars affordable to middle class families. By 1920, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler dominated the industry.

Automobiles are four-wheeled motor vehicles that are used for passenger transportation and powered by an internal combustion engine, usually fueled by gasoline (a liquid petroleum product). An automobile is the most common of modern technologies and is produced in huge numbers.

Automobiles have made our lives easier, and it is now possible to reach many places that are inaccessible to buses and trains. An automobile can carry more passengers than a bus or train and can go farther in a shorter time, especially when the vehicle is equipped with special off road tires. It also has a more comfortable ride than walking and is less stressful on your body. Having an automobile saves time, and allows you to spend more time doing the things that you enjoy.