Sociological and Economic Changes Caused by the Automobile
Eventually, the automobile changed the face of the United States. Brick streets were covered with asphalt to provide a smoother ride for automobiles. Midway through the century, cars became a central feature in the lives of young people. Cars meant mobility, status, challenge, and freedom.
In addition to positive economic changes, automobiles have created problems for our society. Chief among them are increased air and water pollution, the high cost of injury and property damage caused by unsafe driving, and urban sprawl.