i feel strongly about over-consumption and waste. one of the worst displays of these things that i see every day is people driving god damned massive trucks FOR NO REASON AT ALL. i’m talking about mint condition, full size gas guzzlers being used as commuter vehicles and grocery getters. just the other day i was bitching about this to a co-worker and i started pointing out how of all the trucks we were seeing (about half of all the vehicles on the road), none were carrying anything in the bed. i would make a generous guess that maybe 1 in 10 trucks i see are actually being used as they were intended. that drives me up the wall. why drive a vehicle designed for hauling when you can do the same stuff in a sub-compact and use 1/3 of the resources?
i have spoken with some truck defenders about how much truck fuel economy has improved over the years but they’re delusional and obviously don’t track their mileage at all. i just checked now and all those fancy 2013 and 2014 F150’s are still only getting 15-16 mpg. take a look for yourself if you’re doubtful. go to fuelly.com where users–real people who drive in real life, not EPA estimates based on perfect driving over perfectly flat highways–log their mileage and fuel consumption. look up your fave truck and see the awful truth.
i don’t think most truck owners worry about fuel consumption though. i think they actually like the costs associated with trucks, like “look at me, i’ve got so much disposable income that i’m happy to pay $150 just to fill this piece of shit up!” for those owners, an expensive truck that is also expensive to drive is just a great status symbol. it’s like the north american version of a porsche or ferrari. i don’t think i need to explain why status symbols are a fucking waste and sure sign of a dickhead.
when jenn and i went to europe on our honeymoon, it was extremely rare to see trucks at all, and every one we did see was being used as some kind of work vehicle, hauling stuff that wouldn’t fit in a car, just like god intended. and you can bet your balls we didn’t see a single hummer there. if only that kind of sensibility would find its way over here.