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First, the world's oil supply isn't going anywhere soon. Contrary to popular beliefs, there are places where oil is being produced under completely natural conditions (without human intervention) in enormous quantities. In fact I seem to remember one source claiming that new oil is being created faster than existing supply is being used. (Don't ask me the source; couldn't remember it if I tried but I deemed it reliable. Either trust me or discount this statement accordingly.)
Second, the air we breathe today is cleaner than it was in the 1970's. This is a statistical fact, regardless of the fact that there are more people, driving more cars for longer distances, and more factories and such to meet the demand for higher levels of production.
From an environmental perspective, I see no reason not to drive a big truck like that.
Personally, I'd prefer one of those renovated tanks that gets up to about 65 MPH but only 8 miles per gallon . . . how cool though . . . turret still intact and everything!
And about the air. That depends on where you are. This is not true in Mexico site, or many other cities. And even if it is cleaner, we do have a problem with the destruction of the ozone. I am not saying big trucks don't have their place, but lets not paint it pink either.
1) In traffic, I cannot see what is happening in front of me when I'm behind a truck. Important things such as the brake lights of other vehicles.
2) In the winter, when there's snow and ice on the freeway, many truck/SUV drivers pose a serious threat me. They drive way too fast for the conditions. Even though they may have 4-wheel drive, the majority of the vehicles on the road do not.
I think it's great if you feel safer in your huge trucks/SUVs. Just keep an eye out for us 'little guys', ok? : -)
So sorry, guys, I AM safer in my truck when some idiot in a small car doesn't have the brains mom nature gave an amoeba. But I DO watch out for y'all - I do my level best to get out of your way because you know what? I don't have to drive 90 mph to prove anything....
That and the guy looking for cougar tracks were my two really closest calls in 4+ years of driving 80 miles a day, so I guess that's not too bad a percentage. However, I can do quite well without that sort of stress on my body and vehicle, and I've never been interested in adrenaline highs....
[This is not to be taken to mean that I think every person in the world who drives a small car is an idiot - BUT we have way more than our fair share right around here, which is of course where I drive, right?]
This is not to be taken to mean that I think every person in the world who drives a small car is an idiot - BUT we have way more than our fair share right around here, which is of course where I drive, right?
If there's ONE THING I would like the laws changed to address in this country (um, that's the US - sorry!) it would be to do as Germany has done: NO CELL PHONE USE WITHOUT A CRADLE!
I cringe when I see every other vehicle being driven at 75 mph or so by a person with a cellphone glued to hisser ear, steering with a finger or a knee, gesticulating wildly with hands.... and then there's the ones who eat Big Macs while doing same....
[*sigh* off topic again, sorry!]
This is 'Foo', so I'm going to assume that a few tangents are permissible...
I was driving behind another vehicle one day when a taxi did a very dangerous (and quick) u-turn right in front of her, but accelerated fast enough that she didn't hit him. If you'd seen it, you might have expected her to hit the brakes or possibly swerve, but do you know what she did instead?
She lifted her hands off the wheel and covered her face.
mona, one other point I keep forgetting to mention (y'know, when you start thinking back over the "scaries", you tend to get scatterbrained....): you are right to be afraid of people in trucks with 4wd on ice (snow's not such a biggie, but snow OVER ice - it's like grease on a mirror....); anyway, I KNOW idiots think they're invincible in a 4wd, but I have NEWS FOR THEM - it AIN'T SO. Anything but.
On ice, in 4-high, at anything over 20-25 mph, you are an accident waiting to happen. All 4-high does is give you a totally false sense of security. In 4-low, you really ARE safer, because you can't go very fast in low gears. Believe me, I TOO pull over and shut it down when the idiots fly by me around here in the winter!
The other problem with 90% of the larger 4wd vehicles around here is that they're automatics, which is just senseless, but that's another whole thing; as is the prevalence in this area of things like the "mini-SUVs" which don't accomplish any of the logicals as to either size, fuel mileage, OR 4-wd usefulness!
My trusty front-wheel drive, manual gearbox Echo has never got stuck, never missed a corner, and the usual oversteer/understeer on bends is ridiculously easy to control. There's absolutely no doubt that standard front-wheel drive sedans with a manual box are by far the best for winter driving, and as the winter snow lasts for 6 to 7 months here, it's a pretty important factor!
(Automatics are for wimps, anyway!)
Last automatic I owned (personally, not one my husband bought, and not including my dad's antique Buick wagon which we inherited by default) was in - um - 1972? Maybe? Was a SERIOUSLY antique Ford Fairlane from about 1968. Ran great, sucked gas the way a hyperventilator sucks air....
I did enjoy the 1987 Buick Electra T-Type we bought from my brother in 1990, though. For an automatic, it was a pretty decent drive.... we traded it in with our 1986 Ford F250 on this truck in 1994 - the Buick had 135k miles on it, the F250 had 165k miles on it, the current F250 diesel listed at 32.5k and they gave us 13k for the 2 vehicles in trade....
We take care of our stuff. Even the antique stuff....
My trusty front-wheel drive, manual gearbox Echo has never got stuck, never missed a corner, and the usual oversteer/understeer on bends is ridiculously easy to control.
With FWD you should have NO oversteer. Anyone who can't control understeer should use a camel. :)
BTW encyclo, I'm thinking of getting a car that gets 28 mpg highway that still has acceptable passing power for two-lane roads. Whaddya think?
I prefer standards, but I think the automatics are a little better when driving with a cheeseburger in one hand and a cell phone in the other.
SlowMove: got me with a mouthful of wine which is now on my keyboard! *laughing*
Vkaryl, it's Known as *snarfing*.... ever read the smelly feet thread? ;)
Automatics are for wimps
Considered a luxury here. Almost all new cars come with 'stick' as standard.
Vkaryl this thread [webmasterworld.com] might help
A wise person once taught me about oversteer/understeer. He said: "Oversteer is when the back of the car hits the tree. Understeer is when the front of the car hits the tree."
Makes me giggle every time I think about it.
Of course, for some of us, the whole snow point is moot. No snow in Austin - except a few inches that melts nearly instantaneously about once every 10 years.
Reverse was obtained by pushing the ignition key slightly further in before turning it ( having previously stopped the engine ) ..the engine then fired up ..but turning over the other way ( like counterclockwise instead of clockwise ) ..hence all gears usuable in reverse direction and full speed possible ...
They made a 4 wheeler ( not 4x4 ) ...engine of all models is in the back ..drive to either the single or double rear wheel ..these 4 wheelers were raced all over Germany but particularly at the Nuremburg "ring"...
Due to the direct steering ( yep ..you turn the "stick" and the car goes exactly that way ..just like a "go-kart" ) they are incredebly responsive ..can do very nearly 90 degree turns at full speed and because the centre of gravity is so low they are almost impossible to "flip" ..so you corner as fast as your nerves can stand!
Fuel consumption was minimal ( and as I had mine in the days before the 70's fuel "hike" I never counted ...remember even in Britain gas was 2 and sixpence a gallon ...us oldies ..huh )...
I had two truck batteries under the seat ( seating is one behind the other ..like in the plane from whre they used the "spare" parts ..mine had a "bubble" plexi cockpit .just like in the planes ME 109 and ME110 ) ..this made the center of gravity even better ..plus I go a little over 100 kgs ..actually about 240lbs and you do sit with only 6 inches and a little bit of foam and steel sheet between yer bum and the bitumen ...( also at 6'4" it's a squeeze to get into most cars any way ..so you get used to it .."Yogic-driving" that is )...
Amazing vehicle ..now very very sought after ...
for vkaryl ...( at the same time I had a 280Z "super samuri" ..one of the few real fast cars that big people can stretch their legs in ...and they were tuned like Kawasaki do racebikes ..bought mine from a drag racer who had spent most of his free time playing with the engine ..had "NOX" ...hee hee ..just like MadMax...everyone should "do nox" in a dragster..just the once at least )..
now I drive ( live in the country ..how many of us here do I wonder? )..plus it's my "rolling billboard" ) a 3.5 ton panel truck ...six wheeler trannie to the Brits..or bikes ...or "rollerblades" ..or bycycle ..or my doc martens ..some of which are more eco friendly than others ..( remember right back at the beginning of this thread I said "bio diesel"...just before the thread went a bit "wiggy" for a while )...
as previously touched upon ..planes are so much more worse for the environment than any truck etc that it pales into insignificance ..( did I mention I like skydiving )...
Oh yeah ...the use of mobile phones wether or not in cradles /hands free etc by drivers should be punishable by the most severe ways ( deliberate didn"t use the "d" word ..but he has scythe n' cloak with hood )..they cause total mayhem ..snowy days or sunny days ..
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