"Bumper Mentality" – Why SUVs Must Go

“According to market research conducted by the country’s leading automakers, Bradsher reports, SUV buyers tend to be ‘insecure and vain. They are frequently nervous about their marriages and uncomfortable about parenthood. They often lack confidence in their driving skills. Above all, they are apt to be self-centered and self-absorbed, with little interest in their neighbors and communities. They are more restless, more sybaritic, and less social than most Americans are. They tend to like fine restaurants a lot more than off-road driving, seldom go to church and have limited interest in doing volunteer work to help others.'” – Source

This pretty much sums up my opinion on SUVs, or Sports Utility Vehicles, as they would have you call them…

Personal Transportation

My dislike of SUVs is not rooted in my belief in public transportation. There is a need for personal transportation.

Cars, for instance, serve a purpose. They transport you from point A to B. Jeeps, even, can serve a purpose. They are built for rough terrain, and certainly Indiana Jones, and The Army has need of those.

An SUV, on the other hand, is a combination of a personal transport vehicle, and a rough terrain vehicle. Such a vehicle has no point, no purpose.

Well, according to the article I quoted, they may not serve a purpose, but they do satisfy a certain demographic, and even though there is somewhat of an oil crisis right now, SUVs are still the latest craze.

Soccer Moms & Road Rodeos

SUVs are marketed for soccer moms, not to mention security moms. This demographic wants to feel safe. And although an SUV brings the opposite of just that, it’s size and bulk indeed makes them feel safe.

They are also marketed for those who want adventure in their life; read: those who do not have any adventure in their lives already. To this demographic, the SUVs are exhilerating beasts that needs taming. When on the road, they feel big and dangerous, often resulting in them being so. I’m sure Freud could say even more.

Personal transport, should be the focus of any vehicle. But this is not the case with SUVs. In exchange for size, large cupholders, intercooler and BIG tires, we sacrifice not only security, but our environment.

I can’t blame global warning on SUV users alone, but their mileage certainly doesn’t help the situation. In fact, the environment was already in trouble before the SUV craze. But bulky “light trucks” with low mileage, insecure egotistical drivers behind the wheel will do nothing but accelerate the destruction of our world.

It’s sad, that when focus should be on energy preservation, a trend comes along that does exactly the opposite.

Here’s to the Road Rodeos. Mother Nature takes one more hit, for you.

6 thoughts on “"Bumper Mentality" – Why SUVs Must Go”

  1. Brian says:

    Hell, if people who drive SUVs are less likely to go to church, I think everyone should drive a SUV in the states.

  2. Joen says:

    Good comeback. But as I see it, church-goers rarely cause trouble as much as those who mix church and politics… that is, if such a demographic exists.

  3. Jonas Rabbe says:

    Now the question remains. Where the (now) SUV drivers insecure, etc. before they bought the SUV and was the purchase merely a symptom of their insecurities?

  4. Jonas Rabbe says:

    To put it quite simply. An SUV is a giant phallos symbol.

    Is that statement not applicable to any car which isn’t a Skoda?

  5. Joen says:

    Is that statement not applicable to any car which isn?t a Skoda?

    Well, since Skoda was bought by Audi I guess that car can’t be held free either. So yes 🙂

  6. Joen says:

    While many things can be said about SUV drivers (see article), I do believe the most prevalent reasons for the buying of SUVs today are the following:

    1. They give a feel of “adventure” to adventure-less lives. Heck, just look at some of ‘em – they’re designed to resemble jungle cats!
    2. They look more expensive than stationcars, but have some of the same “grocery transporting” capabilities.

    To put it quite simply. An SUV is a giant phallos symbol.

    For more reasons, see Wikipedia on SUV Criticism

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