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I'm sick of hearing about evil SUV drivers. Let me post of a things to consider as you people make your snide comments. Note, by the way, that my present car is a Pacifica which is actually much more like a station wagon than an SUV -- though I do miss my Durango. I'm writing this after getting fed up with things like this stupid article.
All SUV are too big for their owners and waste fuel? Not always true. While visiting my family a few years ago in Phoenix, I rented a massive Ford Expedition. This monster had seatbelts for 9 adults to sit comfortably and still have room for groceries. I came out of a restaurant to find a note on the windshield declaring me an enemy of the environment. I wish I could have seen the idiot who wrote it. I would probably have tied him to a tree so he could watch me load myself, my wife, my three kids, the two car seats, the stroller, my grandmother, my grandfather, and my grandfather's wheelchair. Right, 7 people, two carseats, a stroller and a wheelchair.
SUV owners don't need four wheel drive? Say that to me when your house is on fire in the middle of the night, its snowing, and I'm driving to the fire station to get the truck. Think I'm a 'special case' then? There are 800,000 volunteer firefighters in the US compared to 300,000 full time. 40% of the US population live in houses protected entirely by volunteer firefighters. Don't get me started on emergency medical technicians and so on.
SUV owners make the roads less safe? Maybe, but they don't fair well in accidents. Who does best in accidents? People who drive mid sized modern sedans. I see more SUV rollovers than any other kind. When those little cars crumple, they absorb most of the force of impact. The airbags take most of the rest. Sure, the cars are totalled but the drivers and passengers do well. SUV and Pickup owners have vehicles with stiff, rigid frames. The shock is transferred right to the occupants who slam harder into the seatbelts and airbags.
So, the rest of you -- get the hell over it.
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