The Model T came out in 1905, and just like that, the car has been a staple in American’s lives for over 100 years. These days, the way we use cars and technology is rapidly changing.

Ride-Sharing apps have completely changed the way we use our vehicles. From using our personal vehicles as a way to make a little extra money to using ride sharing apps to take care of those pesky trips to and from the airport and around cities, ride sharing apps have drastically changed the way we use our personal vehicles.

GPS based technology continues to expand. From directions to monitoring traffic in real time, GPS continues to change our driving habits. One example of the way these programs are influencing more than the daily commute is after the earthquake in Mexico City, users of the traffic app Waze were able to search “help” in order to find open shelters.

Driving further. A lot of things influence these shifts in driving patterns, but American’s are still driving more than they ever have. According to the Department of Transportation 2017, American’s drove 1.3% more—32 billion—more miles than in 2016. 1 Where are we going? In search of food. Trips to restaurant and grocery stores are still the number one transportation motion. Some things never change.


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