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To the Editor:I agree with John K. Teahen Jr . that driving a sport-utility is to an extent different from driving a small or even mid-sized car. I own a Pontiac Grand Am and a Ford Ranger 4x4. They require different skills and levels of driving.
However, I disagree with the notion of making an individual take a specific test to drive a sport-utility (“There ought to be a license for sport-utility drivers,” Oct. 22).
To counterpoint his argument if I may:
“They tend to tip over during hard braking or evasive maneuvers.” I am afraid that there was no proof behind that statement. I consider it to be inaccurate.
“SUVs injure car occupants in collisions.” Cars impacting cars injure car occupants. Trucks impacting trucks injure truck occupants.
“Sport-utilities are trucks, not cars. They handle differently.” If an SUV is a truck, why not make owners of other kinds of trucks take special tests, too? And maybe van owners should be black-flagged as well because of vans’ truck-like characteristics and a higher center of gravity.
I do agree that something should be done to deal with this “problem.” More training is a good suggestion, though I do not agree with the special driver’s license.
I agree with more education and a better understanding that cars and trucks are different. But if you want to solve the problem, remove the cell phone, makeup, book or other distraction from the view of the driver.