I drive trucks and I like Ford. I have owned the Ranger, an F-150, an F-250 and an F-350. There are many things I like about driving a truck, but one that I do not favor is the decreasing weight. Trucks have gotten lighter and lighter while attempting to meet government emissions standards. But here is what the government hasn’t yet figured out. It isn’t working. Why? Because as the trucks have gotten lighter; it has become harder to keep the trucks on the road and to keep the shiny side up.
One has to wonder if anyone at the EPA has ever driven a truck? If they haven't why haven't they interviewed truck owners to find out if what they proposed to do would make any sense?
So what have truck owner’s done? If you use a truck for any sort of work or just for driving you'll know exactly what I am talking about. The F-250 and 350’s sit high, the center-of-gravity is high off the ground and when driving over any bumps the truck bounces literally off the ground. As it bounces it turns sideways like a boat jumping off of waves in the ocean. Drivers know how dangerous this can be and so we are contending with the unsafe weight by adding weight. What do I mean by this? It is really pretty simple. As Ford takes weight off we add weight to the bed. To keep the truck from bouncing all over the road we add between three and five hundred pounds of weight to the rear bed. That way we can drive the truck in a safer manner because it is easier to control.
The government is accomplishing nothing with coupling emission standards to weight. Government officials just don’t seem to realize it.
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