With all the ridiculous media spin these days, we thought we’d jump on board. According to a study done by Quality Planning, HUMMER H2 and H3 drivers are 4.63 times more likely to be ticketed than the average driver. The experts in the article claim it’s probably due to the attitude and physical perspective of HUMMER drivers. We offer another explanation: HUMMERs are designed to be noticed, and given their iconic bold features, are more likely to be gawked at by the fuzz than a Buick Park Avenue.
B. Mark S. Foster, a connoisseur of initialized names and automobile culture says that “Hummer drivers feel like kings of the road because of their elevated driving position. As these statistics show, they are leading the pack when it comes to violating the law, which may reflect their driving attitude.” I think we all know what the “B.” and the “S.” stand for now.
If driving at a HUMMER level makes you feel like a king, then semi-truck drivers must feel like gods and goddesses all the way up there. If size were really the case, we’re betting the Chevy Suburban, a vehicle much larger than the H3 and much longer than the H2, wouldn’t have been the second-least likely vehicle to be ticketed.
“The sense of power that Hummer drivers derive from their vehicle may be directly correlated with the number of violations they incur,” said Dr. Raj Bhat, the president of the research group that conducted the study. “Or perhaps Hummer drivers, by virtue of their driving position, are less likely to notice road hazards, signs, pedestrians, and other drivers.”
I’m very surprised to see someone with a doctorate suggest that driving a HUMMER makes you less likely to notice road signs and pedestrians.
Unfortunately, as silly as all this sounds, it may affect your pocketbook as a HUMMER owner. Quality Planning provides this ‘research’ and ‘insightful analysis’ to automotive insurance companies, who in turn may make policy adjustments based on the results. “It must be correct…after all, he is a DOCTOR,” the insurance companies will say, right before they raise premiums to H2 and H3 owners.
Check out the full report at MSNBC.