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Survey: Are Big Trucks and SUVs really necessary?

By asdfoui ·
For an English Project, I have to do a survey, gathering YES / NO information from at least 100 people.

This is my question:

"Do you think that oversize cars, vans, SUVs and trucks for personal are necessary?"

Please answer only with YES or NO. Long explanations really don't help me!

Thank you for helping me with this!

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YES

by Bob in Calgary In reply to Survey: Are Big Trucks an ...

In rural areas they are, in Cities they are not.

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Funny

by JamesRL In reply to YES

On a working farm, trucks are needed. Can't say the same for an SUV.

I've spent time in rural areas in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta. I swear I see more trucks per capita in the city. And SUVs are more common in the city for sure.

Most people in the country don't have 4 wheel drive, but they manage in the snow without a massive SUV.

James

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SUV = Status

by jdclyde In reply to Funny

It is becoming more of a status symbol than a necessity.

If you look at the average "suv", they aren't. They don't have the power or clearance to do anything but suck down more gas than the two wheel drive version.

There are places where you NEED 4 wheel drive in Michigan. Snowmobiles are NOT optional either.

I always laugh to see the Hummer2's and Cadillac SUV's on the highway and city. People with LOTS of disposable income.

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With gas going over $2.00 a gallon and those things getting 15mpg.........

by sleepin'dawg In reply to SUV = Status

How long will it be before the "status" starts to lose its charm and becomes a symbol for stupidity.

Dawg

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Likely a very long time!

by neilb@uk In reply to With gas going over $2.00 ...

Gas over here is ?0.82/litre or $5.55/Gallon (both US) and it is NEVER going to go down.

The number of people driving 4WD (SUVs) or other huge "people-carriers" is still increasing.

And that's on UK roads!

We haven't got many pick-up trucks on our roads yet but I'm beginning to notice a few.

Brrrrrr!

Neil

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Land of the Free

by Nitra Matsoc In reply to With gas going over $2.00 ...

We are free to choose whatever we like. Our choices are influenced by our preferences, if we prefer to drive around with a bus or large truck and are willing to pay the cost, so be it. But we should also keep in mind that the cost ist not only the price of the vehicle, insurance and gas.
If the gas would be at $5.- a galon, like in Europe, our preferences might be different and we might choose the little european cars.
What other reason should there be that there are only a few SUVs and Trucks in Europe and so many over here?

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And home of the stupid.

by deepsand In reply to Land of the Free
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now...

by Ibanezoo In reply to With gas going over $2.00 ...
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"Needing" four wheel drive

by JamesRL In reply to SUV = Status

I used to have staff in Northern Ontario, in an area quite similar to Northern Michigan. Extended periods of time at close to 40 below, times when the plows were infrequent even on the main roads etc.

I didn't see that many 4x4s. I did see a lot of snow tires. 4x4 aids traction - but in many cases, so does slowing down. Snow tires provide a big improvement, and so does front wheel drive, over a rear wheel drive car with all seasons. Traction control also provides some assistance, especially at stop lights.

There may be a few souls in the north who have to be somewhere regardless of the weather, and there are times when they need a 4x4. But most of the people up there manage without it.

The big joke is that when we do get a big snow storm in Toronto and area, the first vehicles that we see stuck in the ditch are SUVs. They may have more traction, but they don't handle as well and they take longer to stop. In an emergency situation that may be the difference between being in an accident, and avoiding one.

James

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Defective people no SUV's

by jdclyde In reply to "Needing" four wheel driv ...

When you get some dumbass thinking because they have 4 wheel drive that they can drive like normal in a storm you get that. And yes, I see the same thing.

FACT, one of the HIGHEST domographs for getting into accedents these days in the middle to upper class WOMAN in her SUV. As these women have busy lives and get they easy life (sarcastic) of playing house keeper, day care provider and full time driver they tend to be in more of a rush.

Then don't even get me started about doing your make-up on the highway!

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