The Misperception of Safety in an SUV

July 15th, 2011 Comments Off on The Misperception of Safety in an SUV

Sports Utility Vehicles are bigger, taller and heavier than cars. They are designed to rule our roads. Sure, it would be hard to find a parking spot, and I can foresee begging for an increase in my credit limit to fuel the monster, but me and my family would be safer in a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). Wouldn’t we?

I need that truck.

In this post at the Globe and Mail’s Economy Lab I argue that a perception of being safe in an SUV is incorrect.

Suggested Reading:

Bradsher K. (2002), “High and Mighty: The Dangerous Rise of the SUV,” Public Affairs, ISBN-10: 1586482033.

Anderson, M. (July 2008), “Safety for Whom? The effects of light trucks on traffic fatalities” Journal of Health Economics, 27($):973-989. doi: 10.1016/j.healeco.2008.01.001


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