A recent study showed that the current generation of teenagers and young adults are less attached to their cars than their parents used to be. Especially in the major cities, where car ownership is not as common, independence is achieved through cell phone ownership. With their phones, today’s young adults can gain access to ride sharing, Uber, or mass transit schedules and still remain incredibly mobile.
However, the generation of their parents and grandparents has not completely faded away. We remember America’s love affair with the automobile. Car ownership was a privilege of the wealthy at first, but it became common in the 1920’s when Henry Ford’s model T became an affordable option for many families. When soldiers came home after World War II there was a perfect intersection of money in their accounts and manufacturers resuming automobile production. The Interstate Highway Act passed during the Eisenhower administration also helped promote our national affection for the road trip.
By the 1950’s and 1960’s, the automobile had almost completely transformed American culture. As you make your daily commute to or from work, look at the businesses alongside the road and imagine which of those would not have existed before the widespread use of automobiles. It is hard to picture the United States without convenience stores, fast food restaurants, or motels at each exit along I-95. The first automobile owners had to learn to use their new transportation without the support of gas stations, tire stores and roadside mechanics. Automobiles have changed the ways we vacation, the ways we spend our weekends, even the ways we date. Reliable cars and reliable roads have had the effect of shrinking the distance between major cities or between family members. Distances that used to be practically insurmountable are just no big deal anymore.
Your vehicles offer you major freedom and flexibility, so be sure to take care of them. At Cassels Garage in West Melbourne, we are ready to help keep your cars in good working condition. We are a family-owned shop well equipped to provide routine maintenance or do major repairs on your car. We have been serving Brevard County since 1966