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SUV Drivers: What Do You Want To Prove? Insanity?

by: Sharai Hoekema
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SUV Drivers. Not just the self-proclaimed kings of the road, that pretty much anyone in a more economically-sized car ought to give way to, but also the eyesore for many a climate scientist. Too many people still consider these beasts to be some trophy, showing off how well you are doing to unsuspecting passerby’s; or fancying up your garage. Others claim they need the horsepower, four-wheel drive, and rough exterior for, well, driving on rough terrain.

Hard Facts About SUVs

Somewhat acceptable if you are living in the outback of Australia or on an American ranch in the heart of Texas. Although that excuse really does not fly if you refer to the urban outback, many of these cars now call their habitat.

Some facts first. SUVs have much higher CO2 emissions than regular cars. Fact. They are proven to be less safe than regular cars. Another fact. And they are becoming the poster child of too many car manufacturers, who seem to have had some secret meeting at the end of last year to streamline rather aggressive marketing campaigns, all featuring their latest and hottest models.

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The German business newspaper Handelsblatt articulated it eloquently when referring to ‘SUV insanity’ in their headline of an article questioning the marketing of those big-boy cars. While some of the ads still appeal to that ‘wild’ fantasy, with the cars scaling mountains and driving through rough woodlands, just as many of them actually place the fancy SUVs in the urban jungle. We look at them as they drive through the mysteriously empty streets downtown. These vehicles that should have been completely out of place right there have never looked so right.

Cooper mini, 2 SUV's, parking lot, drivers
Big-boy cars and a 'normal' one

Calling For A Ban On SUVs

Do not let it fool you. It is not right, nor should it ever be considered right. Only recently, the driver of a Porsche Macan SUV lost control and hit the pavement on a busy Berlin intersection. His mishap killed four, including a 3-year-old boy and his Nanna. It is not an isolated incident, as the public outcry that followed showed. People are fed up with those big cars causing problems in their neighborhood. 

After this particular instance, hundreds of Berliners came together to call for a total ban on SUVs in the city. Even political leaders got behind them, claiming that “armor-like SUVs don’t belong in cities” and calling for “a nationwide rule allowing local authorities to set size limits.”

SUV climat killer, Merkel

Statistics Show SUVs Are Not Safe

It is funny—most people who buy an SUV claim to do so for safety reasons. As in, they feel safer driving this big car down the highway. Betcha would be surprised to hear that these cars have actually statistically been proven to be less safe than regular cars. This applies to both to occupants of the vehicle and those outside. Fact: you are 11% more likely to die in a crash if you drive an SUV compared to a regular car. 


                        
                                                                           5 Reasons Why SUVs Suck!

 

Experts have attributed this to a false sense of security, as SUV drivers are notoriously - let’s put it nicely - inattentive drivers. The king of the road analogy once again comes to mind, but the truth is, these drivers often do behave as if nothing or no one could harm them. They are less careful, drive faster, and are more likely to disregard traffic rules. 

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And even if they then crash (which they are more likely to, considering their driving behavior!), the consequences are more severe as well. The height of the car makes it more likely to roll over, in doing so, possibly injuring or killing pedestrians or bikers. Fact: you are almost twice as likely to die when you are being hit by a large engine car.

SUVs Are Actually Not Even Cars

An even greater surprise is that these SUVs are technically not even cars. As in, they do not have to abide by the same safety standards as other passenger vehicles. They are modeled after trucks and therefore oftentimes not held to the same standards, like standards for height. Thankfully, more and more legislative bodies are realizing this flaw and working hard to fix it.

SUV, parking, trees

Organizations like Greenpeace are working equally hard to highlight those cars' dangers, recently blocking a shipment of SUVs in Germany. However, they find it hard to get politicians behind their plan for a ban, as the numbers are fuzzy. The type of car involved in accidents does not get disclosed in Europe, which is weird in and of itself, but looking at the United States, it is clear that SUVs would be a frontrunner in this regard. 

As the number of SUVs sold grows, so does the number of pedestrian deaths. Just last year, the United States recorded some 6,000 deaths - making it the deadliest year since 1990. That same year, Coincidentally saw a 63% share of SUVs in the total number of passenger vehicles sold. 

Making The European Emission Target Hard To Reach

Even if you are not hit directly by one of those monster cars, they might come for you in the long run. The notorious gas guzzlers are doing an excellent job in undoing many emission cutting in other industries. Plus, they are all set to undermine one important new law coming into effect in 2021: in which the EU stipulates a target to reduce carbon emissions to 95g/km. 

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Most car manufacturers are a few months before 2021 arrives, not even close to hitting this target. As they will face immense fines in just over eight weeks, they are remarkably quick to come up with excuses: pointing at the market moving away from diesel, for instance. And yes, diesel might be lower carbon, it is certainly more toxic than petrol. No excuses here. It is not just the diesel that is the issue. It is the carmaker’s focus on their SUVs.

Quick math. Their larger engines and bulk mean that their emissions are roughly 14%, or 16g/km, higher than a similar hatchback. And for an industry looking to cut back on its emissions, this sounds like a firm step in the wrong direction.

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