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Zachariah Stacy

Zachariah Stacy

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Zachariah Stacy

ENG 100 Matthew Copeland Essay #2, Rough Draft In Would You Drive A Car That Looked Like This? and Why Consumers Have Been Choosing SUV s the authors are writing about Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV s), and the role they play on today s Society. Andrew Simms proclaims that They are dangerous, fabulously polluting, and, as part of the general transport problem, set to become, according to the World Health Organization, one of the world s most common causes of death and disability (Simms 542). John Mereline says you and your family are safer in these much bigger vehicles, and that the effect on the environment is negligible at best. So, while these two authors are talking about the same subjects, they are completely on different sides of this argument. Regarding the issue of how these vehicles perform on the road, both Simms and Mereline show us that there is a real issue with the fact that these vehicles do have a high roll-over factor due to their size and weight. Simms also shows that there is something to be said on the tax breaks the government is giving on these vehicles. With tax breaks and smart advertising, these vehicles have boomed in the last ten years. Although, Mereline will show you that even with soaring SUV sales, the environmental and fuel efficiency effect of them are no worse than all other vehicles on the road. Safety, being more important for today s vehicle buyers, should be wary of some statistics. Some could be skewed because of the differences in drivers, how they behave in certain vehicles, and even the roads that they most often drive. For example, structurally identical vehicle pairs may have significant different safety records as measured by fatality and injury statistics, because the vehicles have different images and thus are purchased by different types of drivers as quoted by Steven

Some improvements adding this weight come from multiple airbags being added. Beating the standards of Tier 1 requirements. stronger bumpers. The interpretation can also be made that the increase in weight and performance have added to the effect of fuel consumption.07 grams per mile. under the Clean Air Act. that it s gaining acknowledgment in some Anti-SUV circles. at lower emissions levels. on average. PLotkin summarizes that Automakers are likely to certify there larger SUV s in the upper bins. However. under Tier 1 standards. are never driven by young males or the elderly. Although the new standards allow different vehicles to be certified under different emissions levels. The result in the potential reduction in fuel use comes to about 4% of the LDV fleet. with Tier 2 in place. and more . Tier 2 standards set in 2009 put passenger vehicles and light duty trucks under the same standards regardless of weight. There being 8 of them called certification bins. the categories LDT3 and LDT4 saw these sa me stiff requirements. However. That started to change in 1988. more SUV s will not mean more emissions. Where something like a station wagon is only driven by parents to transport groceries and their children. And as of 1994. passenger vehicles and LDT1 SUV s had to meet the same 0. where lighter classes of trucks started to see more stiffer emissions standards. who have higher fatality rates than average drivers. Moving on to the effect SUV s have on our environment. The automakers fleet total must be an average of 0. say we to get rid of the SUV.6 grams of Nitrous Oxide per mile. the gains of weight have brought real improvements in safety for these vehicles. In 1990.Plotkin from the Center for Transpotation Research. So much so. higher emitters than passengers cars. We can see that from 1977 to 1987 Passenger Vehicles were held to a higher emissions standards than all categories of Light Duty Vehicles (LDT s). so that SUV s will remain. Proving that Mereline is right that the effect of these vehicles on our environment is miniscule in a fleet that is consuming 100 Billion gallons of gas per year. `After covering all these standards. because the automakers would have to compensate by placing more vehicles in the lower bins.

Meaning. and those who won t. Over or under inflation of tires could increase fuel efficiency by 10%. You should remember to maintain your SUV. The high level of SUV sales is directly connected to the desires of the consumers. make sure that your new vehicle will have good fuel efficiency over time. it could improve crash avoidance. Furthermore. they will always stick by their SUV because of the ruggedness and freedom that in gives them. On the same level. as a way for these vehicles to start being more environmentally safe. While those who won t know that they could always buy practical. we must demand if from the corporations that are making these vehicles. SUV owners were last in a May 2004 phone survey that asked to select where fuel economy came in when buying a new vehicle. . You may have to spend more money up front but. This could not only save on fuel but. could help lower road crashes. SUV drives fall under two groups of people. Ultimately. Reducing the weight you carry can help out as well. If you can walk or drive then. if you don t need it. leave it at home. These vehicle owners could trade-in or buy vehicles that are more practical to their families needs. For automakers. buy smart. So.structurally sound beams that protect better with side-impact accidents and add better handling. drivers could reduce their speed when possible. it will save you money in the long run. it is largely important to have consumers that are less interested in fuel economy. why not? Lastly. SUV owners who do not use their vehicles to tow large items or use their vehicles off-road features to it full extent. Those who will use their SUV to its full potential. Driving your SUV less will help save fuel. While having improved handling.

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