Why the Suv Is Bad

1715 WordsOct 24, 20087 Pages
In today’s society there are many “personal choices” we make that we feel only affect us. But in reality we are hurting our society by the actions we do. One of the ways is driving an SUV. (Sport Utility Vehicle) It might be big, can haul a lot of stuff and make you feel safer on the road, but in reality, it’s bad for the environment, bad on the economy, and can cause accidents which put others at risk. The American people are so dependent on oil that the supply and demand increases the cost every time at the pump. If people are willing to pay the four dollars a gallon, then the stores will charge it. The less fuel efficient your car is, the more you are going to the pump. The Hummer H2 for example, gets 12.3 miles per gallon. There…show more content…
Another social aspect is the danger it can put other drives in if they “roll over” or have an accident. A top U.S. auto-safety regulator said SUV and pickup trucks aren't safe enough due to rollover risks and consumers should think twice about buying them. "The thing I don't understand is people, when they choose to buy a vehicle, they might go sit in it and say, 'Gee, I feel safe,'" said Dr. Jeffery Runge, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “Well, sorry, but you know gut instinct is great for a lot of stuff, but it's not very good for buying a safe automobile." Runge, who served as an emergency room physician for 20 years before becoming head of the NHTSA, said SUV drivers are especially vulnerable to fatal rollovers because the vehicles' high center of gravity makes them more likely to tip during sudden maneuvers. Runge also added that rollovers accounted for just 3 percent of all U.S. auto accidents in 2001 but caused nearly a third of all vehicle-occupant fatalities, and an SUV occupant were more than three times more likely to die as a result of a rollover than an occupant of a passenger car. (NHTSA: SUVs not safe enough , 2003) Some sickening facts, of the estimated 6,394,000 police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes during 2000, 41,821 people were killed -- an increase of 0.2 percent over 1999. 3,189,000 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes and 4,286,000

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