To prospective auto buyers

If you’re in the market for a car or truck, and you’re leaning toward one that’s bigger than your person/cargo carrying needs, please carefully consider your reason for doing so. For many people, the fundamental reason is fear: either of death/injury, or powerlessness.

If the former, note that although you may be a bit safer in an accident, the chances of having an accident in the first place are extremely low (so there’s no need to make it such a high priority in the buying decision), and that modern safety equipment has mostly negated the difference in safety between larger and smaller vehicles. Note also that whatever safety advantage you might have in an accident directly translates to equivalent increased risk to passengers in every other vehicle.

If the latter, note that there are far better (cheaper, more rational) ways to confront this fear.

Regardless of the reason, remember that your actions have consequences. In this case, the consequence of millions of people compensating for their fears with SUVs is that the environment is being destroyed. And though you may not live to see that consequence, your children, or the children of your friends or relatives, will.

So please think before you buy.