The Benefits and Disadvantages of Automobiles
Automobiles are vehicles that are able to move by themselves rather than needing to be pushed, pulled, rolled or carried. They are usually four wheeled and powered by an internal combustion engine or electric motor and can carry a few passengers.
The automobile’s technological building blocks began being laid as early as the late 1600s. By the 1880s, inventors like Karl Benz and others had developed several different prototypes of what is now known as the modern automobile. But it was Henry Ford who really put the automobile into mass production by developing modern assembly line techniques in his factories. This allowed Ford to produce the Model T at a low enough cost that even middle class families could afford them.
As a result, the automobile was widely adopted in America and around the world. It became possible for people to cover long distances with ease, opening up new work opportunities and creating new places to shop. It also created a whole new social environment that encouraged family vacations in far-flung locales and relaxed sexual attitudes among dating couples.
While there are many benefits to owning a car, there are also a few drawbacks that can be problematic. One of the most notable is that when you own a car you are responsible for the safety and maintenance of your vehicle. It can also be expensive to own and maintain an automobile, especially in the event of an accident or breakdown.