Letter – Concerned about squatting pickups

Published 7:47 pm Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Editor, The Smithfield Times:

I am writing to express my deep concerns about the recent trend of “squatting” pickups and its impact on road safety. While I respect individuals’ rights to customize their vehicles, it is crucial to consider the broader implications of such modifications, especially when they can jeopardize the well-being of road users.

Squatting pickups, characterized by a raised front end and a lowered rear end, have gained popularity among some truck enthusiasts. While aesthetics are a subjective matter, the safety issues associated with squatting pickups are not. These modifications can have serious consequences for road safety, and I believe it is time to address this issue.

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Firstly, squatting pickups can impair the driver’s visibility. The raised front end can make it difficult for the driver to see the road ahead, especially pedestrians and smaller vehicles. This reduced visibility increases the risk of accidents, particularly at intersections and when changing lanes.

Secondly, altered suspension systems can compromise the vehicle’s stability and handling. Squatting pickups are more prone to rollovers and loss of control, particularly during sudden maneuvers or emergency braking. This not only endangers the occupants of the modified vehicle but also poses a threat to other road users.

Furthermore, squatting pickups may contribute to road surface damage. The lower rear end can scrape against road obstacles and create hazards, such as debris or potholes, which can lead to accidents involving other vehicles. Repairing road damage caused by these modifications can also strain municipal budgets and increase the burden on taxpayers.

In some cases, squatting pickups are equipped with excessive lighting and noise systems that can be disruptive and blinding to other drivers. This not only creates discomfort but also distracts drivers and impairs their ability to focus on the road ahead.

I urge policymakers and law enforcement agencies to consider implementing regulations or guidelines that address the safety concerns associated with squatting pickups. These measures should aim to ensure that vehicle modifications do not compromise road safety and should include strict inspections and penalties for non-compliance.

In conclusion, while I respect the enthusiasm of pickup truck enthusiasts, it is essential to prioritize road safety. Squatting pickups pose significant risks to both their occupants and other road users. Addressing this issue with sensible regulations and enforcement can help create safer roads for everyone.


Mitchell Simmons