The Costly and Destructive Nature of Large SUVs
compiled by Sean Prophet
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- Most extreme sized SUVs are used only to transport single passengers on paved roads, rendering useless the four wheel drive components, large interior, and truck chassis, except as status symbols.
- Large SUVs are a great development for those who truly need them, i.e. farmers, ranchers, construction crews, hunters, law enforcement, true off-roaders.
- Trailer towing and camping are also great uses for SUVs. Try renting one for a trip and driving a smaller car the rest of the year to keep costs and damage to the environment to a minimum.
- Costs of owning, driving, and insuring a large SUV are approximately twice that of the average passenger car.
- The Ford Excursion produces 134 tons of C02 over its lifetime, twice that of a family sedan
- Ford admits its products are dangerous and an environmental hazard
- Fuel economy is 1/2 to 1/3 of a compact passenger car. Environmental and political impact of everyday driving and family activities is multiplied. Think oil / middle east / September 11.
- SUVs are 4 times more likely to roll over in an accident than cars
- In a side collision with an SUV the driver of a car is 30 times more likely to die than the driver of the SUV
- A solo Excursion driver uses 20 times the fuel per person as the driver of a Toyota Prius carrying 3 passengers
- Vehicle's high profile blocks other drivers views. Especially in freeway traffic, or while parking.
- SUVs height and large size encourages aggressive driving, feeling of being "above it all" increases deadly consequences of SUV driver distraction. (5 people were killed February 1, 2002 when a woman on a cell phone lost cotrol of her SUV, crossed a median and slammed into a minivan. A smaller car may have spared some lives.)
- A giant Ford Excursion with two flags flapping in the breeze is not an example of true patriotism. Patriotism would be caring for the American environment (Alaska and other wildlife refuges) and reducing American dependence on foreign (Middle East) oil.
- Give me a minivan any day. I'd rather drive the "mommy wagon" than a tank. Spending extra money on fuel, endangering others on the road, and trashing the environment are not macho in my book.