Over the past few years and especially the past few months, I have really focused on becoming more aware of what my impact is on the environment and how to reduce that impact when I can.
In other words I am making an conscious effort to become more “Green” and self-reliant.
That being said one thing I am learning as I go down this path towards a simpler life and lifestyle is that having a pick-up truck is becoming a necessity – not something that is nice to have or have because it is cool to own.
I just love it (dripping sarcasm here) when I show up somewhere or at an event driving my truck and get “the look” from those who have their Prius, Hondas, or other so-called “green” vehicles. You know the look I am talking about. The one that says what are you doing here with that “thing”.
Yes having an economical little car is sometimes more “green”, than having a truck that gets around 16-18 MPG. HOWEVER, changing over to that economical little car is going to cost you between $13,000 and $25,000 plus the insurance/registration costs – to me that is a lot of money and it wouldn’t do most of the things that we can now do with our truck.
It would cost us more money, to have these things picked-up or delivered, we would miss out on “free stuff” that people want to get rid of and a myriad of other little things that you don’t think about/take for granted until you don’t have a truck to do it. Those are just a few examples.
Also in the winter time, I have never had another vehicle that is as good in snow or crappy roads as my 4WD Dakota. I don’t plan on going out much this winter season, but if for some reason I have to, it is good to know that I have a vehicle that can safely get me there and back.
The reality is to many of us owning a truck is more than just a means of transportation or status symbol, it is a tool that we use almost daily to get stuff done and I like getting stuff done.
So when those of you who believe you are more “green” than I am and look down your nose at me for driving an old truck that doesn’t get the gas mileage/or reduced exhaust of your new (you put in the name), stop and think about all the other stuff that I use my truck for that would ruin your shiny new car.
I will leave you with this last thought – when was the last time that you asked to borrow someone’s truck, because your car couldn’t do something? I would like to have a dollar for every time I have been asked by someone to borrow one of my trucks – I could go on a pretty good shopping spree at L.L.Beans or Cabelas – gee or am I stereotyping myself. 😛