Driving Around the USA: Automobiles in American Life by Martin W. Sandler

By Martin W. Sandler

Taking pictures the thrill of a country because it turned a driver -- in additional methods than one -- using round the United States is the tale of ways America's romantic, stressed spirit came upon its counterpart within the motor vehicle. With Henry Ford's meeting traces decreasing the cost of automobiles, traditional humans started to trip the place and once they happy with a freedom by no means earlier than recognized -- and the country could by no means be a similar. humans moved further from their paintings, growing suburbs; the call for for fuel elevated, spurring the expansion of the petroleum undefined; and person participants of households moved faraway from one another, altering the social cloth of the state. From the auto's early beginnings to the usual use of autos in all points of existence this present day, riding round the USA is an engaging portrait of ways the US reworked as its voters have been at the flow progressively more.

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New York: Todtri Productions, 2001. Further Reading 61 Index Culture of the car, 48–58 Custer Battlefield Hiway, 28 Customized cars, 40, 44–47, 60 References to illustrations are indicated by page numbers in bold. D Accidents, 39, 56–57 Advertising, 19, 25–27, 40, 41, 49, 52, 54, 59 American Automobile Association (AAA), 30, 59 Automobile camps, 36–38 Automobile clubs, 30, 58 Daimler, Gottlieb, 12 Deaths in car accidents, 39, 56 Detroit Industry (mural, Diego Rivera), 20 Dream machines, 42–43 Drive-in businesses, 38, 44, 59 Driver education programs, 55, 57 Drivers’ licenses, 24–25 Duryea, Charles and Frank, 12, 14–15, 26, 59 B E A Beetle.

And drivers rely on computers to make their trouble, forcing some to sell out to other manufacturers. ride easier, safer, and more comfortable. Some automo- Between 1998 and 2000, the Ford Motor Company biles, for example, have computerized suspension sys- purchased Volvo, Chrysler purchased Daimler-Benz, tems that allow the car to adjust to changes in the road and Volkswagen bought Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, surface. Other cars warn drivers when they come too and Rolls-Royce. close to other vehicles while parking.

United States in 1949. Inexpensive (a new Beetle costs One of the most significant developments in modern about $1,600), extremely fuel efficient and easy to automotive history has been the growth of the car rental maintain, the small, uniquely shaped vehicle caught on business. Today, millions of Americans use rental cars immediately with American car buyers. Between 1949 for either business or pleasure every year. The rental car and 1977 more than 21 million Beetles were sold in the business had its beginnings only a few years after Henry United States.

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