- Aug 28, 2011
I was thinking this on my commute this morning, too - it's probably not an apples-to-oranges comparison in America, since most cars in the early interstate era were very heavy, but it's why our roads get beat up faster than those in Europe: everyone's driving around in a single-occupant tank. I'm always surprised to see how many large SUVs and similar vehicles are used for solo commuting. It has an effect on congestion and roadway wear and tear.Agreed. The thruways/interstates also see so much more traffic than they expected and heavier traffic as well. I read somewhere that a single fully loaded tractor trailer puts as much stress on a roadbed as 10,000 cars.