When cars first appeared, the local population wasn’t too keen on these loud metal engines. In fact, the automobile popularity grew extremely slowly until World War Two, where it finally achieved the status of accepted mean of transportation. It took almost 50 years for people to perceive cars as a common vehicle. While there is a sense of conservatism in the slow acceptation of automobile vehicles, it would be unfair to claim that our ancestors were too old-fashioned to understand the beauty and purpose of cars. The thing is, when the first car was made, people thought it was loud, dirty and too fast. They were also dangerous, due to a combination of lack of safety measures, unstable fuel and motor, and ineffective driving abilities.
Nowadays, more than 130 years after the first car was built, people seem to have made peace with the vehicle. However, don’t be fooled by modern roads and innovative technologies. Cars can be just as harmful as people first thought they were, assuming you’re not careful with them.
Your car, your responsibility
In a world where you can blame almost anyone and everyone for what happens to you, it can be tempting to reject all responsibility behind the wheel. The truth is, too many drivers are dangerous because they forget that a car is not a toy. It’s a powerful machine that can do a lot of damages if you don’t know how to handle it. Therefore, it is important to make sure that every driver – and especially young ones – are aware of the duties of car owners. Getting your priorities straight on the road can make a great deal of difference. Ultimately, nothing can replace safety. Consequently, reckless driving without checking the environment or whilst being distracted can out you, your passengers and other drivers at risk. When your life depends on whether or not you answer an SMS at the wheel, it’s important to remember what matters most.
Other people’s cars can affect you
You don’t need to be driving a car to be involved in an accident. From Stephen King to Paul Walker, countless people have suffered without sitting behind the wheel. In fact, without a good lawyer, there is no limit to the amount of money a car accident victim could lose to cover their medical, legal and professional costs after a crash. Being involved in an accident can change your life forever. It can stop you from exercising the job you love. It can force you to move out or renovate your home to improve accessibility.
What’s the real cost to the environment?
Automobile pollution impacts the environment. As a result of studies, most western countries have agreed to stop supporting fossil-fuel-powered vehicles by 2040 or before gradually. However, it will take a long time to tackle the air pollution caused by car fumes and gases. Global warming and disappearing wildlife are direct consequences of our love for petrol! Additionally, car oil has been known to affect the quality of the water on the planet and to put fish at risk – without mentioning the fact that it becomes inedible.
Admittedly, the human race is not ready to give up driving. With no viable replacement alternative, it’s time to become responsible car owners, for yourself and the survival of the planet.