Poor Inadequates

Don’t get angry with that guy in the 4×4, he’s probably firing blanks


I was idling through Ben Cooper’s Kinetics blog (well it was raining) and found a link to an article in the Guardian quoting motor industry research that says this about people who drive SUVs:

The average SUV owner is “apt to be self-centred and self-absorbed, with little interest in their neighbours or communities.” In addition, they are “insecure and vain. They are frequently nervous about their marriages and uncomfortable about parenthood. They often lack confidence in their driving skills … they tend to like fine restaurants a lot more than off-road driving, seldom go to church, and have limited interest in doing volunteer work to help others.”

So there we are, I wonder if the bit about parenthood is a coded reference to what Alan Partridge would call “firing blanks”

There’s a guy in our street who has a Land Rover. I’ve always thought that Land Rovers were exempt from the general criticism as they are both very practical and not particularly comfortable, so you assume their owners have them because they need them or really enjoy mud-plugging (and Ian Banks has one).

This one is high gloss black (smarter than a new matt Brompton) with glitzy oversized alloy wheels and new-looking black tyres. It’s always immaculately clean and polished with never a speck of anything to mar the bling. I didn’t get it but now I know he’s just nervous about his marriage.

There’s a very full review in the Washington Monthly of the book by Keith Bradsher that uncovered these and other damning facts about SUVs.


Incidentally the young lady in the photo represents a road safety organisation. She’s demonstrating how most SUVs are designed to strike pedestrians at just the right height to ensure they go under the vehicle and are killed, probably with a broken back from the initial impact.

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