A Grassroots Network Member Protects His Children and Responds to
As a father of two children, a
baby and near five year old, I've no greater priority than their ultimate
protection and concern. If nothing else, fatherhood is a test of humility and
unwavering stability pursuant of this unique objective. Inclusive of this
blanket priority, safe transportation.
Fundamentally, our SUV proves an integral component to facilitating this and is
sorely misinterpreted by pundits concerned about profile and career accolade.
This, at the expense of our calculated and deliberate SUV acquisition. Right
from the beginning, a foremost point is easily refuted. Gas mileage is subject
to open interpretation rather than accurate assessment. The flashpoint topic
for Arianna Huffington and DetroitProject co-founder, Laurie David, is that
SUVs are synonymous with excess fuel consumption.
The LA Weekly for the week of, March 30 - April 5, ran a cover story entitled,
Curb Your SUV, authored by Laurie David. Inasmuch, I grant kudos to her ability
to express her views in grandiose fashion. She simply won't allow for any
documented proof that much of her view is biased and inaccurate. When Ms.
Huffington utilized the online forum to proclaim such courtesy of the
DetroitProject. I quickly refuted her fuel consumption point and safety point
with salient input. As per typical DetroitProject policy, no counterpoint was
offered in light of my own.
We leased a 2001 Ford Expedition with a 5.4L engine and full-on SUV capacity.
With proper tire inflation and moderate driving, despite urges to the contrary,
we averaged 21.27 mpg. This is a fact further galvanized with documentation.
Hence, I could prove what I stated, versus any legitimate proof validating
their public statements/opinions.
Additionally, safety concerns were distorted, thereby initiating a firestorm of
controversy with the SUV as the eye of the storm, overall. Again, documentation
proves that the Expedition is simply an F-150 truck with an enclosed body
design. Since no safety concerns arise re: F-150, why is the SUV brethren
isolated from the same criteria?
Instead of answering to this, suddenly the F-150 is now unsafe, as well. Rather
than simply deducing the Expedition to be safe as proven by our operation. As
well as a gas miser if properly maintained and driven. The broadstroke of a
propaganda brush colored with proprietary bias includes, rather than proves,
the F-150 equally culpable to the Expedition.
Essentially, this infers we did not acquire a vehicle that is foremost in
conservative mileage, proven safety appointments and sensible for
transportation, overall. Even though I can prove this, for which the
aforementioned cannot, we are still accountable despite their own
inaccountability. When direct refutation is required, a deafening silence. Even
louder is the amplified rantings of their opinion, devoid of salient proof
Our 2001 Expedition has been traded-in for a 2003 Expedition for which safety
appointments have improved, immeasurably. The physics of this vehicle allow for
improved mileage and improved protection.
However, moderate driving seems to elude many drivers of patented gas miser
vehicles, ranging from all sub-compacts to anything less than an SUV. Erratic
and arrogant driving tactics abound from drivers so anxious to prove how
self-righteous they are in the public spectre. Such privilege affords them to
pull u-turns in non-acceptable/designated areas/situations. Accelerate beyond advisable
means as to suddenly cut-off the SUV driver and turn the corner sans turn
signal or even any hint of lane change. So long as their car gets exemplary
mileage, such maneuvers are evidently in favor due their choice of vehicle. I
ask you, does a gas miser vehicle remain one when the driver violates all known
safe driving advisements? Conversely, does a gas guzzler remain one when they
do adhere to all known safe driving advisements?
If moderate driving improves SUV performance, the natural equation is that
immoderate driving hinders non-SUV performance. Safety concerns,
The DetroitProject has a nifty lil' reminder that the SUV owner/operator is
driving a vehicle shackeled to a paltry 13mpg. It's a faux-citation that
admonishes SUV owners. When I openly refuted this ready to show gas receipts
and odometer/pedometer readings. It did not merit this entity's concern.
Evidently, their same criteria concluding SUVs have limited mileage, also
disproved my counterpoint with nary an attempt to acknowledge my input.
It is lamentable that anti-SUV individuals manipulate the acronym into
society's current scarlet letter. Ms. David and Ms. Huffington abuse their
status. Our SUV transports up to seven children for field trips and varied
educational venues. With today's fuel-emissions standards, I'd rather the SUV
provide this transport versus the buses that waste fuel and over-pollute our
environments. A far greater amount of undocumented vehicles excessively
contribute to the malaise SUVs are blamed for. But, as the pundits prove, such
fact-finding is too laborious when they can simply read new car sales reports.
From this one-dimensional input, they weave a web of deceit that incriminates
the minority. Is it that difficult to scrutinize DMV records to review
registration renewals of vehicles on the road for much longer than the new SUV?
If eco-pundits founded their concern on a truer objective, it would actually
prove their point rather than exploit an uninformed perspective.
RVs are never included in the same mention as SUVs. Yet, they populate as much
of our earth if not more so than SUVs. Trucks, the predecessor to all
multi-passenger vehicles, have trailers for boats, recreation, ATVs, JetSkis,
off-road buggies and dirt-bikes. None of this matters to fuel consumption? How
could it not given they require fuel as SUVs, yes? Mind you, we're not even
contemplating the varied assortment of trucks that aren't role models for low
fuel consumption. The very dynamic of an open pick-up bed is a drag co-efficient
akin to a drag chute that hinders mileage, immeasurably. A moot point given the
enclosed cabin of an SUV. If my view serves no other purpose, it at least opens
the debate for open consideration. Can DetroitProject boast the same?