America is a nation that defines the culture of the automobile like no other country on earth. We love the freedom of getting into our second most favorite space to spend time in besides the places we call home. I have noticed over the years from the times when cars were huge compared to today’s models but the roads were not crowded because to own a car back then was considered a status symbol for the average driver and the highway system we all take for granted was in its infancy stage. Once again California is leading the nation on what will happen on our highway’s because of population increases that were not planned for in the past.
I lived in Los Angeles in the 70’s a time when traffic congestion was either during the morning or afternoon rush hours. Now the traffic is nearly 24 hours a day on all the freeways in L.A. County and beyond. Cars are a lot smaller now but the roads a more crowded than in the past. There might be a solution to this “car” problem similar to the gas embargo of the 70’s. Vehicles will only be allowed on the roads legally on either odd or even numbers on their license plates or days of the month for example.
This may or may not come to fruition in the real world but it should be considered as a problem that cannot be ignored moving forward. People and their cars take up not only space but also use up precious resources needed by future generations. We all need the “pass it forward” attitude in our lives for that is how mankind has survived from the beginning.