What runs America? Cars do!

What runs America? Cars do!

All you need to do is look around and you’ll see evidence in each and every direction of how the car has shaped the lives of those who live in the United States. Not only is our country covered with streets, roads, and highways, there are shopping malls, hotels, office parks and suburban houses all built for consumers driving cars.

Have you ever thought about why this occurred? Why not buses, trains, subway systems or other forms of public transportation? They could have been expanded to get us around our country. Why the automobile? It was a matter of timing…and Henry Ford, as he is the one who’s generally given the most credit! Ford founded Ford Motor Company.

Early American travel

At one point in time, the United States had few roads. People walked, or rode horses, on what were basically wide footpaths. By the mid-1800s, horse-drawn transportation started to fade in popularity, though, and railroads became the main mode of travel. Soon enough the country was crisscrossed with railroad tracks. In the big cities, streetcars were the primary way the city residents got around. Then the car was came about.

How automobile popularity evolved

Despite a slow adoption at first, automobiles began to catch on at the turn of the century. Between 1900 and 1915, the number of automobiles in the United States jumped from around 8,000 to more than two million. It is said that Henry Ford coined the term “assembly line,” and was one of the first to apply mass production principles to the automobile building process.

By the early 1930s, automobiles were becoming an important component of American life and there were hundreds of companies designing and manufacturing automobiles.  At that point, all facets of living in the United States were affected by the car. In 1956, President Eisenhower signed the Interstate Highway Act and created more than 42,500 miles of highway across the nation. This make it official: cars were now a key form of transportation!

The United States now Has a car culture

Nowadays, in the 21st century, the fabric of America is bonded together with the automobile. That being said, there’s an anti-automobile movement that is starting to be developed. A return to the simple life. People who’ve moved out to the suburbs to avoid urban living are now thinking about moving closer to their jobs in the city. Will this trigger a downward trend in automobile ownership?  No, it does not seem likely.  America is still a car culture and is likely to stay that way for decades to come.  What we are seeing now is a shift in what automobiles are used for. As consumers move closer to cities and seek to drive less, the automobile just gets used less than before for specialized travel, such as holidays or trips to visit family and friends.

We hope that you have thoroughly enjoyed reading about how cars relate to American life! Thank you to Browning, a Norco CA Dodge dealer, for their Sales team’s help with this article!