SUV Drivers Really Are Bastards
from the damn-them-all dept
For a while it was quite fashionable to bash SUV (or, as some prefer, suburban assault vehicles) drivers for driving the big vehicles that cause problems for others on the road, and aren't ever used to actually go offroad. However, as the roads have filled up with more and more SUVs, it seems like, these days, high gas prices are punishment enough for most SUV drivers. Still, a new study done in the UK found that SUV drivers are much more likely to ignore no-driving-while-yakking laws and are less likely to be wearing seatbelts, than the folks driving around and their little sedans. When it came to driving-while-yakking, SUV drivers appeared to be four times as likely to avoid laws requiring handsfree kits. The researchers don't have much of an explanation for the discrepancy, so perhaps it means that SUV drivers just are that much more likely to be bastards. Alternatively, of course, SUV drivers might just claim that they're more rebellious, and don't believe laws requiring handsfree kits make sense -- but somehow that excuse seems unlikely to get very much mileage.