I’ve been trying to find the right way to blog my grievances about massive 4 x 4s in London. It is one of my biggest issues on the road but like a lot of people, I do have some friends and family that have them. I will comment on them when I’m asked but otherwise I bite my tongue. I appreciate everyone has their reasons for buying a car, but I really can’t see the point.
The biggest argument from hurt friends is that there is more room. I don’t get that at all. Leg room and boot space are exactly the same in an estate car. There is slightly more head space, but I don’t know anyone that stacks their shopping on top of each other to the ceiling. Might be useful on a camping trip to France, but then you can’t see out the back window anyway and how often is that needed?
The thing Chelsea Tractors say to me is “Look what I can afford”, “I can see for Miles and you can’t” “You can’t get past me” “My child is more important than 10 of your children”.
You see, unfortunately 4 x 4’s are more dangerous to pedestrians because of their height. A pedestrian (including children) are more likely to be killed if hit by a 4×4 than with a normal sized car. You can read about it here .
As well as that, normal car users are unable to anticipate traffic with a 4 x 4 in front of them. I rarely let a 4 x 4 driver out in front of me, because it will mean I can no longer see the line of cars ahead of me or anticipate traffic issues. This results in me driving in a stop start manner and I hate using my brake if I don’t have to. This is especially true on motorways where you shouldn’t have to use yoru brake except in extreme cases. Easing off the accelerator, overtaking, moving back into the left lane is how we should be driving.
Anyway…..my griveances aside I did read this excellent post from Trying My Patients which reignited my desire to blog about it. Definitely worth a read.
1) Chelsea Tractor
3) Chelsea tractor Noun, a large 4 wheel drive vehicle, driven in cities for ordinary, day to day purposes. eg, Land Rover, BMX X5, etc..