“This shift toward ever-larger trucks and SUVs has endangered everyone not inside of one, especially those unprotected by tons of metal. A recent study linked the growing popularity of SUVs in the United States to the surging number of pedestrian deaths, which reached a 40-year high in 2021. A particular problem is that the height of these vehicles expands their blind spots. In a segment this summer, a Washington, D.C., television news channel sat nine children in a line in front of an SUV; the driver could see none of them, because nothing within 16 feet of the front of the vehicle was visible to her.”
I'll admit that I don't understand the obsession with large vehicles and as someone who walks a lot and who drives a smaller car, it's frightening how large many of these vehicles are. And now, as we go electric, we are just continuing that trend, even if it's unsafe for those not in the cars and means larger and heavier cars because of the batteries. This feels very typical of our country, that this is the way we'd go.