The state of Georgia in the US collated some interesting statistics about SUVs which makes fascinating reading. Two highlights:
39 percent of Americans feel more powerful when they are driving or riding in an SUV. (National Consumer Survey, Opinion Research Corporation, January 2005)
Evidence of the double whammy: not only are SUVs more dangerous due to physics, they’re also more dangerous because their owners turn into even bigger morons when they get behind the wheel.
In 2006 SUVs had the highest occupant fatality rate of any vehicle type in rollover crashes at 7.77 per 100,000 registered vehicles. This compares with 6.98 for pickup trucks, 3.10 for vans and 3.18 for passenger cars. (Insurance Information Institute)
That’s occupant fatality. SUVs won’t just kill those around you, they’ll kill you too.