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

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

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

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