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Spinning Blue
05-08-2004, 11:18 PM
Here's LA Car's latest Favorite Freeway Shortcuts entry:

The Dirty Little Secret About Trucks & SUVs

Courtesy of Juggernaut:

"So, you want to have fewer interruptions on the freeway? Most people know about the height advantage of trucks and SUVs - the fact that it allows you to see over most vehicles and to get a better sense of the flow of traffic. Here's a dirty little secret about trucks and SUVs that most owners won't talk about: The intimidation factor. Not only do more cars get out of your way if you have a truck or SUV, people are less likely to cut in front of your lane. Of course, the size of your truck or SUV will make a difference. You are more likely to experience this phenomenon in a big SUV than in a small one. I think trucks work even better than SUVs. I drive an old, restored pick up that resembles the one in the last scene from Easy Rider."

A friend of mine, who had just purchased a pickup truck, noticed that drivers of smaller vehicles - either consciously or subconsciously - seem to get out his way on the freeway. He also believes that fewer cars cut in front of him, which in turn allows him to be a little more aggressive on the freeway. That, in turn, makes other drivers even less inclined to cut in front of him. In all likelihood, this cycle will continue until someone gets in an accident.

For some people, there's a war going on - and it's not the one in the Middle East. (

'X owners experience this phenomenon?

05-09-2004, 10:48 AM
Doesn't explain why some people still insist on cutting in front of the 18 wheelers! :tsk:

05-10-2004, 08:27 AM
Doesn't explain why some people still insist on cutting in front of the 18 wheelers! :tsk:

And dosent stop 18-wheelers from cutting off cars just because they are bigger. :tsk:

05-11-2004, 06:09 AM
I would tend to agree with the article in general, although I don't follow it in practice.

I notice the difference all the time between being in the Avalanche and in the 330. New England has aggressive drivers but they will generally yield for the AV, whereas in the 330 no such luck.

I also don't find that I am more aggressive driving the truck either; in fact if anything I am less so. It is a 6000 pound vehicle that takes some space to stop and manuever if there is an emergency situation, so I try to plan for that.

06-13-2004, 06:38 AM
NewEngland drivers (especially MASS-HOLEs) are the worst!