His car, a chevy malibu, got fucked up. Cracked his axle, ripped off his fender, screwed up his drive tire, smashed in his passenger door.
I drive a Toyota Yaris. It's a little 2 door car, gets really good fuel mileage, has a high safety rating, and awesomely low insurance (due to the safety rating); especially for a guy who drove tractor trailer which has the potential to litter your record with tickets that don't actually reflect your safe driving ability, but insurance companies still penalize you for, even though they technically aren't supposed to.
What I've found interesting out of this was everyone making snide comments about my car. They always have actually. Saying that I'd die if a bug hit my car, or that it could only go 10 mph, that I should drive large vehicles like a pick-up or an SUV, or even a town-car or sedan, because they're "safer".
What I find bizarre about this is that they aren't actually. Records show that large vehicles are in far more 'fatal' or 'injury related' accidents than small cars (in Florida that is, I don't know national numbers as well, though older numbers have shown the national average to reflect the same thing).
Now I consider my choice in car to be logical. I may like some nice, fast vehicles. Or big ol' trucks. I used to drive tractor trailer for fucks sake... I am licensed to drive, and have had experience on far more vehicles than nearly all the pricks telling me these lies about my car and picking on me for it. I still drive my car because I do know it has a good safety rating, because it has awesome fuel mileage, and I'm only driving to work... I don't need to go 180 mph on my way to work. The only people that do are race-car drivers, and they don't drive that fast 'on their way to work', only while at work. If I want a super fast car (my dream car is a Triumph), or a big ol' truck for work (not every day), I'd get one and drive it on the weekend... because it makes no sense for ME to blow all that money just to commute to work (the only reason I drive is work commuting).
Is it stupid that it bother me so much that people call me a pussy for driving a "ladies car", they even go as far as calling it the "vagina mobile" or "lesbian mobile" (I have a sticker on the back that says "I <3 VAGINA"). When once told this by a buddy who drives a big ol' SUV, I asked him why he says this. And he was all like, "well I really don't care, it's just I couldn't drive a car like that. I have my children to consider. Hence my car." So I directed him to several resources describing how his specific vehicle has an extremely low safety rating, rolls very easily, even explodes in accidents. The response back, "well yeah, but your car would be crushed like a tin can if say a tractor trailer hit it." and shows me a video of a small car being crushed between two tractor trailers.
Tell me, what vehicle WOULD survive that. Those trucks weigh 80,000 lbs each... the trucks themselves don't even survive that kind of accident.
Sorry, just had to have a little rant. So what do you guys think?
This post has been edited by lordofduct: 27 December 2011 - 11:26 AM