Originally posted by 427Z06:
A 6-foot wide and tall 4400lb mid-size SUV is relatively large and hard to see forward of in a Geo, Corolla or Civic. If someone wants to get by you so they can see down the road again, why get upset? You waste fuel by driving a SUV, they waste fuel by driving fast, the end result is the same.
Believe it or not, I get better gas mileage then most mid-sized cars do, in my, yes, probably 6' wide SUV that weighs more like 5500lb.
Believe me, if I could find away to load the 500-1200# that I typically carry on any given day into a Hyundai Elantra without sagging the rear-end, or having a ladder stick dangerously out the back, I would. But, I'd have to put a lift on it, as the area I work in has big gapping mud-holes and good sized boulders that you have to wiggle around or over.
I do see your point in them *needing* to get around so they can see, BUT they don't need to do it dangerously - that's my point. I could care less if they want to go around, but what gives them the right to cut me off at the same time?? They don't know what I do for a living, and they don't know that I *have* to drive something bigger, that's part of my job, my lifeline.
This SUV is NOT a shopping mall or grocery getter, it is required for me to own a p/up or suv if I want to keep my job.
But again, I do see your point, and I believe small car owners DO have a harder time in traffic, as I know in my town, it's overruled by big trucks, Suv's, and even mini-van's - which by the way, some get worse gas mileage then suv's do, and are just as *unnecessarily* owned/driven by most families who could just as well get by with a standard car.
Number of children depending of course, but for a typical 1-2 child family, you don't *need* a 7-passanger van (which some can be the size of an suv or even bigger) to run to the store, soccer games, etc. To take vacations in, yes, but then you could just rent a car.