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Why are four wheel drive vehicles allowed in our cities

Updated on March 20, 2011

Look I know I am going to be accused of being a wowser but can some body answer this question in a thoughtful way.

It is clear that large four wheel drives are needed in the bush countryside or of road where there are no roads, where there are hills and ditches where a vehicle can get bogged. In the city though they are not needed. There four wheel drives are a menace take up too much room and are highly dangerous to pedestrians. As well they burn large amounts of non-renewable fuel and emit noxious gases and carbons. They compare badly with all other vehicles and they cost heaps more money.

It is well known that four wheel drives are mean for off-road activities then why are they allowed to congest and endanger the lives of pedestrians especially children.

The statistics are quite startling if your hit by a four wheel drive in a car or as a pedestrian you are three times more likely to die or be seriously maimed. As well they use up valuable resources and fuel and pollute the atmosphere far more than a smaller car. So why are they allowed to get away with it?

Why even in my local suburb I see top of the line V8 Four-Wheel Drives of all makes Toyota, Ford, Mercedes Lexus Suzuki Mitsubishi, Volvo you name it. Usually driven by a women who want to go down to the local supermarket do the shopping then go to Tennis or whatever charity morning teas. Hardly warranting a four wheel drive.  It is not enough that they use considerable energy to product.  They require a lot of energy to moving these things around often weight two tonnes each.  Then we have the issue of stability and impact during a crash.  They are more likely to kill people in other vehicles both when they hit them front on and especially from the side.  They do not guarantee that the four wheel drive occupants  will be granted any further protection from injury rather the mass weight is likely to increase the extent of injury.



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    • earnestshub profile image


      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      It is a problem or becoming a problem for all major cities in the world Barry.

      As you rightly point out, large 4WD vehicles do have legitimate uses such as towing heavy boats and caravans and some off road uses. I feel the smaller 4wd vehicles such as those made by Subaru are a good idea as they have more adhesion to the road and are therefore safer. If we could isolate those who have no obvious use for a large 4wd we will find many who drive them in the city because they believe size offers protection in an accident.

      I know too many large 4WDs run over children in driveway accidents due to poor rear vision and as such should be fitted with a rear camera in all cases. Great hub.

    • JazLive profile image


      11 years ago from Decatur

      Because Uncle Sam collect TAXES (ad valorem, title, gas, law suites, ...)

    • jamestedmondson profile image


      11 years ago from San Francisco

      Because the car companies want them, and the oil companies want them.

    • barryrutherford profile imageAUTHOR

      Barry Rutherford 

      11 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What do you Hubbers think ?


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