Gut Rumbles

February 14, 2005

make your own luck

Read this story and understand exactly why I like SUVs and full-sized pickup trucks. And also why you will NEVER ride with me without wearing a seat-belt.

I don't know about sex, because I've heard different opinions from wimmen, but size DOES MATTER in a bad car wreck. You're a lot better off in an SUV than you are in one of those rolling beer-cans the environmentalists love so much. Give me STEEL and WEIGHT on my vehicle and I tend to have a lot better joss than someone in a Yugo if we suffer a wreck.

It ain't a difficult concept to understand. It's a simple physics equation. Mass is GOOD in YOUR car wreck. Mass saves lives.

And if more yowling assholes cared about the lives of drivers as much as they do about government CAFE standards to protect "the environment," they'd see it, too. But they don't. THEY are willing to sacrifice lives needlessly to save a gallon of gas.

I call that a set of fucked-up priorities.


Some morons are more concerned with impressing their liberal buddies than with saving the lives of their own children.

Posted by: Steve H. on February 14, 2005 01:36 PM

Reason No.2 why parents get wrinkles and grey hair..............It's damned lucky she was driving a SUV,and maybe she'll learn to look next time.I ride bikes and you gotta keep an eye out or someone like her will put you in a pine box.............I drive a full-sized pick-up and the only reason I don't like SUV's is because of the "yuppie factor" around them now.But that's for when I get to the bright lights. Up here in the northern country,most people who have them know how to drive and actually use them for packing a full sized family around,specially in the winter.

Posted by: big al on February 14, 2005 02:09 PM

The only beef I have with SUVs in terms of accident safety, is that that particulal coin has two sides: if you are driving an SUV, you are more likely to kill the other guy because SUVs are both heavier and higher up. (They have a tendency to go right up over the hood of regular cars.)

Also, SUV drivers always tend to pull _way the hell forward_ at intersections or parking lot exits, so you can't see past them -- which, while also dangerous, is Stupid Driving simply being enhanced by the vehicle, not caused by it....

Man-made global warming is a myth. If you want to pay for the gas, buy that guzzler. No beef there.

Posted by: Strider on February 14, 2005 02:28 PM

I don't like SUVs for the same reason I don't like Volvos - because of the safety factor, they're the vehicle of choice for bad drivers. They'd rather drive like shit in an SUV and kill other people, than drive properly in an ordinary car.

Nothing against the SUV itself, just the brain-deads who drive them.

I will also cite the accident-prone person who shall remain nameless, who wanted to borrow my pickup to haul manure. "But you have that humongous SUV? Why the pickup?"

"Surely you don't expect me to haul manure in something that expensive?"

Typical attitude. & he didn't even see the inherent insult.

Posted by: Persnickety on February 14, 2005 02:33 PM

That's why I'm glad my old Krautmobile weighs 3,500 pounds unloaded, and is made of very sturdy steel (though I don't mind some crumple zones to lessen the impact acceleration).

And, hey, I'd love a Volvo, Persnickety. Of course, not because they're "safe", but because I like old Eurocars. (Well, I wouldn't mind a new Ford-Volvo either, but ideally an S60R.)

Posted by: Sigivald on February 14, 2005 02:42 PM

I got a pickup truck. I ain't worried about hittin' shit in it. 'Cept the deer I didn't see gettin' read to cross the road. It's suck to wad up black over some Buck that was "lost". Lose Lose situation. I've had my share of nigger diesels. I loved 'em all. had a 76 gold Grand Prix, that bastard had a half mile of hood before what impacted it ever got to me. Now the T-tops that were in it, probablly weren't the best things in the world for "rollovers", but they were the cats ass on sunny days. Leaked like crazy in the winter though.

72 Carpice Classic. My first 'un. Plenty of hood there as well, not to mention the Buford Pusser effect of that car. 4 doors people. Army green. Ugliest fucker in the world, but with a 400 small block and a solid transmission... it was a decent runner for a 16 year old neck.

82 Buick Park Avenue. Engine was a turd. Damned thing could hardly get out of it's own way but the "hood space" ... front bumper to drivers seat... nice. Plenty. Actually had a wreck in that car with some little rice burner... guess who got the best of that one...

I've had some little cars too. 72 Vega wagon... damn, turn the AC off in that thing was like hittin' the Nitrous... it'd finally go then.

69 Opel GT. That was a fun ass car. Mini-Vette without all the muscle, which for me was a good thing. Only spun it out once. Brother in law took it, and ran a Cat Bulldozer over it...

Cars... daughter is zonkers over some little shit KIA. That scares me. Almost as much as puttin' her in my truck does... I'm very glad Velocidaughter is ok... Any other outcome would've truly, truly, sucked.

Posted by: RedNeck on February 14, 2005 06:01 PM

K.E. = 1/2 M ( V x V )
So, my Sierra Z71 full-size pickup is "Good". Kills the other guy dead.
My Corvette Z06 has the VELOCITY, not the mass.
Plus, they'd run up over my hood. Kills ME dead. Makes me pay attention.
Mostly, I'm pissed at people who don't wear their belts, and get ejected.
Other the other hand, they deplete the shallow end of the gene pool. {:^)

Posted by: Dan Pursel on February 14, 2005 09:10 PM

Wow! pursel you didn't say anything about your Hummer or the Bently hidden in your garage...Sorry you get pissed off at peeps that don't know seatbelts, could you be the LAW?
I am so impressed that you care SO much! My knees are weak, (nope, I just pissed on my pantleg).
pursel, go suck a knot in a rope. that singlewide is fixing to be moved.....
OH, percy, go lie to your inlaws.....

Posted by: Murry on February 15, 2005 05:42 AM
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