Americans love big vehicles. In fact, sports utility vehicle (SUV) and crossover sales have soared over the last decade, gaining an extra 20% of the U.S. market. They now account for 65% of new vehicle sales and are expected to continue increasing in popularity.
Why do people buy an SUV?
These are some of the reasons people give for buying SUVs:
- They are higher off the ground so give better vision
- They protect you and your family better
- They can cope better with city potholes
- They allow you to easily manage the hills or beach
- They allow you to carry a lot
Interestingly, people’s reasons for buying an SUV coincide with the points that car manufacturers use to promote SUVs.
What are the problems with SUVs or crossovers?
SUVs aren’t perfect, however. There are a number of reasons to avoid them:
- They cost more to buy
- They cost more to run, maintain and repair
- They emit more pollution
- They take up more road space, increasing congestion
- They block the vision of other road users behind
- They are more lethal to pedestrians or cyclists
SUVs are the ideal vehicle for specific situations. Yet most people rarely, if ever, use the full range of features supplied. In many cases, a smaller, more efficient car would serve them better.
For many parents, the key reason to buy an SUV or crossover is to protect their children in the event of a car crash. Yet, when children travel around on foot or by bicycle, these oversized vehicles pose a greater risk than ordinary cars. There is also increasing evidence linking vehicle air pollution to childhood illnesses such as asthma. SUVs use more fuel, so create more pollution than a smaller vehicle. It may be that buying an SUV is not the best way to protect your child after all.
When accidents happen, it’s smart to seek the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney. They can protect your interests against the insurance companies and make sure you get a fair settlement.