Cars: Scourge of Our Times
Imagine your sitting on your front garden admiring the shining sun when your neighbour comes with that annoying car with the buzzing sound and the exhaust pipe blows out this horrible black smoke. What are you going to do about it?
In our modern days, too many people depend on their cars to get to work or to drop off their children to school. However, is it safe to have an increasing number of cars on our roads? Three or five Australians die on the roads everyday, which kill around a thousand Australians per year.
Research shows that cars create serious pollution. Exhaust from all combustion engines produce adverse effects on the health of car users and all innocent pedestrians. Cities have become islands of toxic chemicals from the unrestrained use of vehicles burning fossil fuels. The adverse health effects of car exhaust are pervasive and difficult to measure. For example, people with asthma would suffer with attacks due to the pollution. The Australian wild life also suffers from the cars' toxic emissions. No matter how much manufacturers try to make cars environmentally friendly, it will damage our earth in one way or another.
Additionally, cars are too dangerous for our community. Reckless drivers put themselves and others in danger. Cars are critical to pedestrians especially to children if the driver is not looking on the road or somehow distracted. Have you known someone whose toes or feet have been run over by cars while crossing the street?
Lastly, cars create social problems, which could lead to poor health. A few drivers suffer “Road Rage” and put themselves, loved ones and others in a threatening situation. Some cars create disturbing noises, which triggers people living near highways, freeways, etc. to not get enough sleep. People depend on their cars so much they forget to exercise their bodies and end up being obese or having a heart problem.
As a result of the excessive number of cars on our roads, everyone's life is in danger. In order to create an environmentally friendly and safe world, it is necessary for each country to set vehicular quotas and limit the permits in number to control regional air pollution. Second, car manufacturers should try to improve the efficiency of vehicles, such as finding solutions to emissions of combustion engines, developing new power sources such as fuel cells and new fuels such as methanol, propane, natural gas-- ultimately, hydrogen. Third, try to improve efficiency of traffic by setting up dedicated bus lanes and giving priority to car-pools and vehicles with 3 or more passengers. Besides, traffic can be scheduled; e.g. commercial traffic at night; large companies can stagger working hours and decentralize administrative operations. Commuting long distances in cars to work needs to be phased out. Single passenger commuting to work should stop through prompt legislation.