Airplanes vs. Cars - Compare/Contrast Idea Essay

973 Words Sep 30th, 2014 4 Pages
There are multiple ways to get from one place to another – walking, bicycling, cars, subways, trains, boats and airplanes. The majority of people today use cars and airplanes when traveling long distances. However, choosing which mode of transport is best for a traveler generally relies on a few factors – price, comfort, safety, time and potential delays. So, what is the best way to travel long distances?
Price is a key component in deciding how to make it from one place to another, because traveling any distance these days comes at some sort of cost. At one time, the car was the least expensive way to travel, because most people owned or had access to a car and gas prices were relatively affordable. However, even though newer cars are
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Cars are one of the most dangerous modes of transportation, because while a driver may be in control of their car, there is no way to predict the actions of other drivers that share the roadway. A large majority of car accidents can be contributed to inexperience, road fatigue, impaired driving and distracted driving. Yet, aside from recent tragic “freak accidents” over past years, airplanes have undoubtedly taken the top spot with being the safest way to travel. Improved protocols and more thorough security checkpoints have been set in place to help prevent airplane travelers from being exposed to safety threats while on board.
Time is a valuable thing, but for some travelers time may be the most important factor when choosing how to reach their destination. Unquestionably, cars travel at a lesser rate of speed, compared to an airplane. Traveling cross-country by car can take days, even when driving with minimal stops for rest, gas and food. Cars leave when the traveler decides, putting the length of time it takes in the hands of the driver. That same cross-country trip by airplane takes roughly six to seven hours, give or take. However, when traveling by plane, it is recommended that travelers leave an additional three hours before scheduled departure allowing time prior to departure to find parking, check bags, pass through security, grab a bite to eat and even

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