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To the Editor:

With resounding approval, I read and endorsed John K. Teahen Jr.'s column.

As a resident of sport ute-ridden Southern California, I contend that Los Angeles and surrounding villas boast the worst drivers of those vehicles.

I relish Teahen's idea of a training program for hopeful buyers so much so that I have conceived a few potential titles for future classes:

  • Behemoth 101: Incoming student seminar

  • Stop and Go 300: Bigger cars are heavier and what this means at 82 mph

  • Highway 400: Following so closely that you can see the radio station display of the vehicle in front of you - bad!

  • Highway 101: Why people in compact vehicles eye you suspiciously

    I really think Teahen is onto something.

    In all seriousness, it is a concern, as much here as in those areas that have the added factor of precipitation.

    I feel it's only a matter of time before a Lincoln Navigator or something of a similar ilk reduces me to 190 pounds of stewed tomatoes some evening.

    Adding to the existing perils are the new, increasingly faster SUVs.

    With such would-be racers as the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG and still-incubated Porsche Cayenne, we can only expect a quicker death as those juggernauts get the needle to 60 in less time.

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