The trouble with SUVs…

Article from the Washington Monthly (via www.aldaily.com) reviewing Keith Bradsher’s book High and Mighty: SUVs.

“…most Americans take it on faith that the only way to be safe on the highway is to be driving a tank (or the next best thing — a Hummer). Bradsher shatters this myth and highlights the strange disconnect between the perception and the reality of SUVs. The occupant death rate in SUVs is 6 percent higher than it is for cars — 8 percent higher in the largest SUVs. The main reason is that SUVs carry a high risk of rollover; 62 percent of SUV deaths in 2000 occurred in rollover accidents. SUVs don’t handle well, so drivers can’t respond quickly when the car hits a stretch of uneven pavement or “trips” by scraping a guardrail. Even a small bump in the road is enough to flip an SUV traveling at high speed. On top of that, SUV roofs are not reinforced to protect the occupants against rollover; nor does the government require them to be. “

Read the full article here

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