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It begs questions about beauty and worth. Of the animals most likely run over, the tarantulas didn't stand a chance. What if it had been a cat or a dog on the side of the road?
And it begs questions about affluence. Of those who chose to run over an animal, most of those were SUV owners. For purposes of discussion, I'm assuming SUV owners are at least slightly more affluent since it takes more to fill up an SUV gas tank.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by KillerQueen
There is some data that still needs to be disclosed to understand this study.
For one, what ist he percentage of SUV drivers that were in the test overall? Is 89% a close estimate of the number of SUV drivers?
And does it speak to SUV drivers being of a certain personality? Or that a car driver sees the risk of driving over a turtle?
Originally posted by speculativeoptimist
reply to post by KillerQueen
Aww man, I wonder of the percentage that swerved to hit the critters, how many were male and how old were they?
I am guessing they were 95% male and between the ages of 16-30 maybe?
The question about dogs and cats makes me think that cats would still get hit becasue I have known and seen people that intentionally go out of the way or speed up to hit a cat. Coward punks if you ask me...
I'm not sure about the SUV thing, I would suspect the vehicle does not make much difference, it's a human(un) thing, not a car thing, imo.
edit on 25-7-2012 by speculativeoptimist because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by ReadyPower
Is 6% considered high? I guess for what the 6% intended to do, it is. This sort of reminds me of another survey where people who put garbage on the ground in front of a trash can to see how many people would throw it away. Most people just walked by it like nothing.
Originally posted by JiggyPotamus
I always try to avoid hitting anything...Except snakes. I will never swerve to avoid a snake. I usually don't try to hit them though. Usually I try to see them as best I can, trying to identify them or whatever, but will only hit them if they are in my way. But if I can I will try to miss turtles and mammals and whatnot...Dogs and deer and stuff, lol. I hit a deer about a year ago on accident, and it was crazy. I was on the highway, and the deer was in between the two one way roads where the grass was. I slowed to about 20 or 30 mph, as he was getting closer to the road. I slowed more to about 10 mph and he stopped right at the side of the road. I thought he was going to wait for me to pass, so I keep going. Right when I get to where he is standing on the shoulder, he jumps in front of my car. It didn't hurt my car, and kind of knocked him down. He got up and took off into some woods nearby. I don't know if I hurt him or not. Hopefully not. I learned that day that deer are pretty stupid, lol.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by ReadyPower
I wonder if within that 6% there is another 6% that would swerve to hit a human if they were certain nobody was watching?
That would be about 4 people out of 1000. I wonder what percentage of people are socio or psychopaths naturally?edit on 25-7-2012 by getreadyalready because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by KillerQueen
FTR..Even though I own an SUV, I go out of my way - sometimes at my own peril - to avoid hitting an animal. I am also one of the ones who will stop and try to redirect an animal to safety.