Written for the 30-day creative writing challenge hosted by Nicky and Mike of We Work For Cheese. Today's prompt is Behind the Wheel. Today is the 4th day into this 30-day challenge. Only 26 to go!
Another way to solve the traffic problems of this country is to pass a law that only paid-for cars be allowed to use the highways. - Will Rogers
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Will Rogers (1879 - 1935) a vaudeville performer, actor, humorist and an American cowboy was probably the best known celebrities during the 1920s and 1930. He died in a small plane crash in Alaska in 1935.
Back in 1935 life was different, things costs less, and salaries were less too. Here are some examples: A car cost $580 and gas was 19 cents a gallon. A loaf of bread and a gallon of milk were 8 cents and 47 cents, respectively. Your house was around $6,300 and your salary around $1,500. During the 1930s there were approximately 2.7 million cars sold compared with an estimated 254 million cars on the road today. With that in mind, it seems odd that there would have been enough people behind the wheel for traffic to have been an issue over 75 years ago.
With more cars being built and sold today, the average price being some 50 times greater than in 1935 and car loans being up to 6 years, the concept of not allowing unpaid for cars on the road is unfathomable.