I drive 56 miles a day. 100% of that is spent dueling against road-hogging, distracted SUV drivers on cell phones who got tax breaks because their car can’t seem to lose those pounds. This is the greatest obesity problem facing America. I’ve seen too many SUVs tailgating and driving recklessly I’ve also seen too many SUVs with its four-wheel drive facing the sky. I’m not too concerned about their fuel efficiency. I am convinced that the enemy of fuel efficiency is oil itself — we will use up as much oil as there is — and I could always drive slower to save gas myself. I also think it’s stupid that SUV buyers think they are safer — in fact, SUV drivers are more likely to die in their on car than others.
The real culprit of my anger is the likelihood that I am 30 times more likely to die in my Acura if hit on the driver’s side by an SUV. The arms race is clearly on. What will I do about it? No, I will not buy an SUV. But I will get a car with side-impact airbags and better SUV defenses because assured mutual destruction on the roads only kills more people and isn’t a great example of loving your neighbor.