The Disadvantages of Owning an SUV

by Bob Dobbs

SUVs have become very popular. Drivers enjoy their off-road capabilities and ability to house many passengers and supplies. But they do have many disadvantages, which should be considered before purchasing a sports utility vehicle.

Cost Of Fueling

The large size of SUVs require it to burn more gas than standard cars, meaning an increase in cost when fueling.

Environmental Impact

Because SUVs require more gas, which leads many to refer to them as "gas guzzlers," they have a negative environmental impact through increased pollution and decreased sustainability of the finite natural resource of oil.

Decreased Safety

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, SUVs are three times more likely to roll over than standard vehicles.

Risk To Other Drivers

SUVs are top heavy and therefore are less able to quickly maneuver out of possible accidents and are also likely to cause more damage to other vehicles in the event of an accident.

Increased Insurance Rates

SUV owners pay 10 percent to 20 percent more for car insurance on average because of the increased risk of a serious accident.

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About the Author

Bob Dobbs has been working as a freelance writer since 2005. His work has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Think+Up and Travels.com. Dobbs earned his Bachelor of Arts in English in 2006.