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Why America stopped driving



  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,004
    I built machines from scratch for myself when I was using PCs... I still "build" machines for other people, usually by ordering the guts from Dell and buying/installing a memory upgrade or other peripherals for much less than Dell charges from the factory. The iMac may be tightly packed, but at some point I will probably do a RAM upgrade and add an SSD.

    My Altima has a power port in the bin under the radio that is switched with the ignition, and a power port in the center console that is always on. I nearly killed the battery on a road trip because I had a portable cooler plugged in and didn't realize that the one in the console wasn't switched! :sick: I wish it had a USB port or at least would play MP3 CDs (as the 2010 model will).
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    edited June 2011
    I was just laughing at your "computer payment" post over in Chronic Car Buyers. Wonder if those guys will understand. :D

    Probably is cheaper to buy 'em built these days, but I just like futzing around with them.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    I just bought an ipad and now I'm going after a new car. Edmunds has my back I hope...
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    edited June 2011
    Who Says Kids Aren't Into Cars These Days? (Straightline)

    I never had a birthday party like that. :sick:

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    "Driving a car limits the valuable time teenagers could use to text-message with their friends or update their social networks, she said. Although public transportation or waiting for a ride from the parents is slower, it gives a teenager more time to engage with friends on a mobile phone."

    Disruptions: For Teenagers, a Car or a Smartphone? (NY Times)
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    "Forty-six percent of drivers aged 18 to 24 said they would choose Internet access over owning a car, according to the research firm Gartner."

    As Young Lose Interest in Cars, G.M. Turns to MTV for Help (NY Times)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,912
    Yeah, some dorky highly paid Brooklyn hipster is going to be able to change that trend :shades:

    Seriously, it's about the cost of running a vehicle, which for many young people in this dumbed down new world economic reality, just isn't feasible when jobs are hard to find, rides are easy enough to get, and lots of gadgets compete for any pocket money. And even those who can afford it don't particularly care, hence the sales of Corollas.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    edited March 2012
    Sounds like GM needs to build a self-driving car.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,071
    Shoot, how many young kids can afford $4-$5 a gallon gas? When I was young, if I had $5 for gas, I could cruise around all night and not even use up all of it.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,912
    That would probably go over - the Civrolla and Prius crowd would flock to it. And for commuting, it would make sense anyway.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,912
    I remember paying $1.50 or so back around 1993 when I started driving, and it broke me almost as soon as I got money. I think that's one reason my dad wanted me to have that Galaxie with a 390/4bbl - I wouldn't be able to afford to wreak too much havoc :shades:
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,071
    I think gas was around 85 cents a gallon when I first started driving in the early 1980s. The (ahem) "gas shortages" were over by that time and prices dropped from the then-insane price of $1.29 for RUG. in 1979. I had a 1968 Buick Special Deluxe that ran on RLG and seemed to get a respectable 20 MPG despite its 350-cube V-8. Of course, friends always pitched in for gas money regardless of whose car we were using that night, so that helped a lot.
  • hackattack5hackattack5 Posts: 315
    My son is turning 16 next week and has no plans to get his license. He watched his older brother (18) work a job every weekend just to pay for gas and insurance. Me and my wife thought we were teaching them to be responsible but I think it has backfired. I am glad I grew up in the 80s.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    I think that's been somewhat true of every age. I didn't start adding money to my savings account until I got rid of car payments. My 50ish brother in law is an urban cat and outside of high school driver's ed, has never driven.

    The 29.9 gas that was common when I started driving spoiled me for road trips though. Just did a 4,000 mile jaunt that cost ~$800, and that price would have been ~$400 a couple of years ago.

    Still, it's more fun than watching a travelogue video on an iPad.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    "The latest models from Mercedes-Benz incorporate a range of features that can update with your tech, including an iPad mount for rear-seat entertainment and cloud-based apps for web searches, directions and even stock market quotes."

    Smart Money
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    "Apple said it is working with vehicle manufacturers to integrate its Siri voice-control technology from the iPhone into future cars.

    Apple's new Eyes Free feature will minimize distracted driving by enabling drivers to make hands-free calls, play music, compose and listen to text messages, get map directions and more."

    Apple Eyes Free: Siri for Cars (Inside Line)
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,968
    A reporter is looking for Midwestern/Southern US residents born between the ages of 17 and 30 who do not plan to purchase a vehicle and who frequently use public transportation. If you fit this description, and you are willing to share your story, please send your daytime contact information to no later than 10 a.m. Pacific on Friday, July 20, 2012
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,894
    born between the ages of 17 and 30

    Wow. Tough delivery on their mothers! :surprise:

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

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