Skip to comments.How Detroit's Automakers Went from Kings of the Road to Roadkill
Posted on 03/11/2009 3:27:56 AM PDT by IbJensen
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BTW, did you know that Michael Barone of US News and World Report has linked this thread on his blog?
You want a car that sits high enough that you can see through the windscreens of the car in front of you — fair enough, all of us want that. If everyone stuck to sedans, that wouldn’t be a problem. The problem is when one guy buys a truck, then automatically all the other cars are at a disadvantage. The second person will soon follow suit and then the third, fourth etc. until everyone is driving a truck. Then, somone ups the ante and gets a Hummer or a larger, taller truck....
No, not all of us want that, given the many cars on the road with the drivers almost sitting on the ground. Clearly, they purchased their car w/o a thought to the advantage of being able to see thru the windshield of cars in front of them. Or if they thought of it, they didn't care.
If you were ever 20 something & single, & you went to buy a vehicle, was safety your primary concern? Was heightened visibility a must have? Or, as in my case, was it how cool & sexy it looked?
No, I don't see there ever being a “height” war among drivers.
Anyone who is intimidated by other vehicles/drivers in traffic needs to stay out of traffic & avoid rush hour.
Do I think SOME people buy hummers & the like to intimidate? Yes, but that attitude is so juvenile, & juveniles are unfortunately necessary to continue our species.
When my buddy's son turned 16 he really, really wanted a 4x4 truck. All his buddies had one, & they went “muddin” every weekend. The son got a nice looking used sedan instead.
Well, after several months the son told his dad he sure was glad he didn't have a 4x4. Most of them had trashed their trucks, with big repair costs, & then last summer the cost of gas sent most of the trucks to the used car lot. Mommy & daddy had wised up, even if the boys had not.
In this instance, visibility is not the primary consideration for safety.
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