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Discussion in 'News' started by daghb, Oct 5, 2009.
Gizmag test drives the Roadster - with a bulk of photos, too
Short and sweet but loads of pictures of the oily bits - thanks.
This is the first time I saw this signature, and I know this post doesn't belong in this thread, but I have to take exception to it, only because it's glossing over 'The Great Stupidity of the American SUV Movement'.
Someone in an SUV is more likely to die, on a per-registered-vehicle risk rate, than someone in a sedan. It's a quirky measure, but I think is very relevant to this quote. And while an SUV can come out ahead in some measures (notably, the perennial favorite deaths/PPM), it's not always true (e.g., in mountain states, by most measures, SUVs come out behind). Same is true for an interesting set of age groups (e.g., <30).
Part of the equation is that most drivers overestimate the risk coming from other drivers, and underestimate the risk coming from themselves (vis-a-vis the "'I can multitask/chat on the phone and you can't" phenomenon). SUVs pose a greater risk in the single-vehicle incident category of accidents.
I think that, when not calculated wells-to-wheel (yes, a mis-application of the term), SUVs and passenger sedans can sometimes be fairly comparable, deaths/PPM-wise. But if increased air pollution, increased funding of terrorism (~$.90/gal), future globe health and stability are taken into account, when a true wells-to-wheel comparison of PPM death rates is actually done, I think that the statement should actually be "Endangering your children and poisoning theirs".
Sorry to be so pedantic (and I know that the sig was meant to dis on SUVs), but the whole notion that SUVs are in any real way safer than passenger cars just totally pisses me off.