Before cars, people used horses, carriages, and rickshaws as common methods of transportation. However, these methods of transportation were soon replaced by the invention and manufacture of vehicles that were self-moving: cars.
In the late 1700s to the 1880s, a number of vehicles were invented. Several types of engines were proposed, but failed as a result of impracticality. However, it was only in 1870 to the mid 1880s that a practical engine was finally designed for the purpose of a vehicle that could move by its own propulsion. The internal combustion engine had finally been designed. This marked the beginning of cars, also known as automobiles.
For short or long trips, cars can be extremely convenient and efficient. Cars have staked their place in urban design and society in general; in fact, it would be surreal if they did not exist!
Unfortunately, the price of this convenience is taking its toll on the environment. Therefore when purchasing new or used cars, consider their effect on the environment. Petroleum based fuels are not the only way to feed cars. Hybrid, electric, and solar powered cars are also available on the market today.