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A factual survey of automobile usage
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    In anticipation of the problems in civilian transportation that the

    defense effort would bring to the motor vehicle user, to business and industry, and to Government, the Automobile Manufacturers Association in the fall of 1940 undertook a factual survey of passenger car use with a view to assembling information that would be helpful to all concerned in dealing with the subject. Through the U.S. Public Roads Administration and the highway authorities of several States, the Association obtained permission to analyze in detail a group of reports which constitute the most important data yet collected concerning the day-by-day use of automobiles by the public. This was supplemented by a later study undertaken specifically for the Association. This report presents the major findings. Among the subjects dealt with in this report are these: For what principal purposes are most of the country's 26 million passenger cars operated? To what extent is industrial production, including defense, dependent upon their operation? What proportion of the cars, and how much of their mileage, are employed for going to work or on business? What problems of maintenance, repair and replacement are indicated for the older cars? Which occupational groups use the newer cars?

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