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27 March 2008 @ 11:24 am
ask lj: psychological car troubles  
So, as is my usual, it's time for my buyers remorse. Since I'm stuck with the car, it doesn't do me any good. Luckily my current problem with the car is completely psychological. It's tall enough that I feel like I've crossed over to the dark side and I'm now one of those idiots driving a vehicle that's too big for their needs. And I considered that. The epa mpg, while not great, isn't horrible either and I had my reasons for wanting the capablity of carring cargo and it's also just not all that huge a car (though it does seem to make the rav4 look small, which worries me.)

So here's what I need from you. Give me reasons I shouldn't feel guilty for owning a tall car. Because that is the issue. It's not acutually that big, just very tall and I sit high. I think it's the sitting high that's been the most damaging.
blkblk on March 27th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
By sitting up high, you get a somewhat better view of the surrounding road, and can use that to your advantage to be a slightly safer driver?
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on March 27th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Sadly I think any advantage I get from that is far out weighed (no pun intended) by the higher curb weight. That and the poorer low rear visiblity.
This is a test of the Mugar Omnimax Theatre.dcltdw on March 27th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
I'm tempted to say that you've fallen into the trap of "when did you stop beating your spouse?".

Namely, the difference between:
* someone who drives a SUV a lot and someone who drives a Prius a lot
is much smaller than
* someone who drives a car a lot and someone who doesn't drive a car a lot.

My impression is that you drive when you need to. Well, okay: that's what cars are for. And that you walk/T when you can.

That's one up on me, frankly. :)
The Water Seeker: daeklaplymouth on March 27th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
I don't have much useful to say about tall cars (I feel more secure closer to the ground) but cars with lots of storage space WIN. Many times Auros has asked me to come with him to get some product that didn't fit in his car but fits in mine. Recently I've carried: a dishwasher, some long lengths of copper pipe (used for curtain rods), many carloads full of boxes while moving (any of which individually would have fit in auros's car but mine holds at least 1.5 times as many as his so number of trips was reduced).
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on March 27th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
as his so number of trips was reduced

I think this will help me a little. If I can make someone do only one trip instead of two, that will make me feel better, espeically if I start doing it a lot for taiko.
Gergzkzkz on March 27th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Plus you can seat 7, right? That's like half as many cars headed out to the restaurant or gig. It's 1/4 as many cars if they all had two-seater convertibles!
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on March 27th, 2008 10:18 pm (UTC)
Sadly only 6 because of north americian safety laws, and they need to not love leg room.