I'm more worried honestly of homeless individuals smoking near gas pumps which I see here very often in Southern California(Not sure about the rest of the country in the States). I had to let them know on numerous occasions the danger of that situation.
A correction for JoeSixPack and debating the tax point from Jack:
1. Since Australians gravitated away from buying locally manufactured large sedans, the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger have tussled for top selling model each month. So we’re in the body on frame camp and the monocoque utes - along with all local vehicles - have ended production. You can’t even buy a Subaru Brumby, Suzuki Mighty Boy or a Proton Jumbuck these days!
2. Jack mentions where taxes aren’t prohibitive, buyers gravitate towards pickups. There may be some truth in that, but the example of Thailand is unfair because their tax laws actually subsidise pickups by treating them as commercial vehicles. And Australia has reduced tariffs on imports above a certain ride height (which is why the 2002 Volvo XC70 had its price slashed compared to the lower riding original Cross Country).
Similar to everyone wearing baggy or tight jeans, scale is normalised by your environment. I was always shocked when parking a borrowed Expedition in Texas, to find it was bigger than the Landcruiser next to it on one side, but smaller
than the dual rear axle pickup behemoth on the other!
My sister-in-law’s Lincoln MKX was downsized in my head to the equivalent of a 3 Series. It’s not a bad thing to be in something large when surrounded by freight hauling trucks on the interstate...
Commies used to admit that they were at war with the middle class, because they assumed people in the middle class didn't know the definition of the Bourgeoisie. They used to come right out and say they wanted to murder the middle class, counting on their belief that middle class people ignored the French. When the aspiring totalitarians of the globalist left say they want to restrict access to fossil fuels, what they really want to do is put the middle class toothpaste back in the tube. No oil means no freedom of movement. No freedom of movement means easy dominance by the people in control. No oil means no food safety or food diversity. No oil means very few single family homes. No oil means no life expectancies beyond peak productive years for the people who are today middle class because of the surpluses enabled by oil. The Great Reset that everyone from the World Economic Forum to Prince Charles is comfortable bragging about in public is the restoration of global slavery. As long as people like Angie Schmitt and Bill Gates feel empowered to share their ideas without consequences, that is where we are heading.