As I cruise down the H-3 in my little Nissan (which I have
lovingly nicknamed Mercedes), I am thankful that my ten-gallon
tank can take me 247 miles, especially given today’s ratio of
salary to gas price. Although compact, the backseats fold down
doubling the trunk space. With a functioning stereo, power locks
and windows, a clean interior, and air-conditioning, Mercedes
gets me where I need to go.
Happy, happy, happy I travel down the highway. I look to the
right and left observing Hawai‘i’s crisp, lush vegetation. I
look in front me, and I can’t see a thing. It’s another SUV
blocking my view of the road ahead. Becoming instantly blind
(where I must trust in the driving skills of the SUV driver
in front me) is a regular event as ,I and all the other drivers
in America, are made instantly insignificant by the Godzilla-sized
vehicles that are literally hogging more and more of our roads
SUVs just take up space for no apparent reason.
Most of these seven-person capacity vehicles are occupied by
only one person, the driver. The SUV is 1.4 times the size of
a standard car, which can turn a casual drive into a battle
for the survival of the biggest. SUVs reduce the space in parking
lots and shrink the size of roadways. They increase traffic,
cause congestion, and amplify irritation.
Practicality is another aspect that needs our attention, especially
living in Hawai‘i. Ford’s Expedition was made to trek through
the icy Alaskan terrain, to tackle the canyon-like dips in an
off-road adventure, to transport materials by the ton to construction
sites. Hawai‘i Expedition drivers must be oh-so glad they didn’t
put scratches in their SUVs during their oh-so strenuous trips
to the North Shore in this 80-degree Hawaiian winter.
The SUV lays claim to being the most rugged, four-wheel-drive
vehicle of its time. The reality is that its off-road capabilities
are hardly exercised in normal driving environments, including
snow. In truth, only one percent of S
So SUVs are purchased for safety (which we know is false) or
for adventure (which is for most a foolish fantasy). These are
not practical cars for the average American.UVs purchased are
actually used in off-road conditions. Consumers are foolishly
emptying their pockets to purchase vehicles with a gamut of
features they will never use.