if your only point was that pick-ups are now being used for things other than the original use, so be it, WHO CARES?? Other vehicles are used for things other than their original purpose too.
Could somebody tell me why we have four door pickup trucks with a six foot box and a 400 HP V8 engine that gets about 10 mpg?
This is a vehicle that will typically stop from 60mph in about three hundred feet. This is about a hundred and forty feet longer than your average Honda sedan. Put a couple thousand pounds in that short little box and you have an accident looking for a place to happen.
Well my pick-up has 2 doors plus extended cab ( 2 x half doors) and a V-6. It is my only vehicle, so comes in handy when transporting the family. So don't put all pick-ups and pick-up drivers in the same basket....
Believe it or not, a pickup is not the safest vehicle to carry your family around in. I think I was quite clear. Overpowered, four door, gas guzzling V8 pickups are unsafe, irresponsible, and downright stupid.
Actually, minivans and SUVs fall into the same category as pick-ups as they're classed as trucks thus don't have to meet the same safety standards as passenger cars.
A loose nut can be behind any steering wheel. Pickups only get most attention because they're so much bigger.
We have a 4x4 F350 ford pickup, Diesel, as we pull a boat, and we did have an RV. I love that
truck, as does all of our family, they all have their name on the list to buy it when we
are finished with.
We have hauled wood from the mountain, take garden brush away, haul dogs in crates,
travel in it with a canopy full of stuff, etc.
We drive it responsibly, and that is what is important.
He said 'the nissan 4 cyl motors are one of the most powerful small
motors on the market, and I can verify that. ' That was the reason for the 'judgemental' response, definitely not 'ignorant'
Back to the topic.....
In the almost two weeks we were in Alberta, almost all the people doing boneheaded things were driving big pickups. Admittedly, most of these drivers were in Alberta. I Calgary I'm sure everyone has a pickup. Remember, Calgary has a population of about a million people so it is not a little cow town anymore. I can understand people on a ranch having a pickup but in town, they don't fit any of the parking spots and they are not a highway vehicle.
I am a pick-up truck driver. I'v never had a motor vehicle accident. I don't think the vehicle makes the driver, I deeply resent the thread title. I'm considering formal protest and may seek damages.
Besides that, I've seen supposedly "professional" drivers do stupid things with patrol cars, fire trucks, taxicabs, buses, student training cars, semis, etc.
BS. We haven't had one pickup truck driver on here defending his 400 odd horsepower, Hemi-engined, 12mpg, 4wd Dodge Ram. I'm sure that Ford and GM also make their version of these damn things. These are not business trucks, these are "macho toys" for little boy mentalities.
Defend their choice??? Why don't we all drive these gas-guzzling pigs....And drive them as fast, and as stupidly as we can. If we can't burn all the gas quick enough, we can simply bully a few of the competition off the highway. A few years down the road we can try to shoot each other for the last gallon of gas. I can defend my choice....I have to, To myself....
juan, you're lumping a LOT of people in with a few who've stuck in your craw. A lot of people who use pickups to work, and who drive them responsibly. You're lumping them, us, all in with the few speed demons who can afford highpowered trucks for stupid reasons. They're the sort of people who are selfish and arrogant, and will be a danger on the road no matter what kind of vehicle they drive, be it a high powered truck, or a high powered Charger, or Mustang, or, or, or...
I get that what you saw on your trip ticked you off. And I get that you've made some choices for yourself... for your wallet, your safety, and your environment. And talking about that, that juxtaposition, makes a huge impact over time. It truly does. But, categorizing everyone with a truck in the same category, even categorizing everyone with the same type of truck (because some of those have those high powered engines for a reason), defeats your purpose imo.
In the end it boils down to people needing to evaluate what they have, versus what they really need. And in some cases, even people with cars ought to be doing that.