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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

White Truck Wednesday: 8.7.13

   My theory, as most do, began simply as an observation, sparked by an annoyance.
   Driving Metroplex freeways - mainly 75 south from Collin County toward Dallas - I began noticing more and more a certain type of vehicle causing me the most anxiety. The white pickup.
   White trucks riding cars' bumpers, the drivers regularly pounding on their steering wheels for traffic to part for their apparently more important path. White trucks dangerously swerving in and out of congestion, often illegally using the shoulder as their personal passing lane. And white trucks, manned by a single driver, arrogantly and unlawfully using the HOV lane.
   Consider this my weekly ode to white trucks, the most aggressive, dangerous and soulless vehicles on our roadways ...
   If, like me, you think you see our roadways littered with White Trucks, you're not crazy.
   Rather, you're astute.
   For the last two years white has been the most popular color for trucks (and cars, for that matter), overtaking silver. And in 2012 pickups accounted for 55 percent of the new vehicles produced in North America. And of those, half of the new pickups were painted white because owners often use them as work trucks and their logos stand out against the pale background.
   White trucks are also cheaper and less distinctive than other vehicles and ... Hello, reinforced theory.
   And now, on to this week's White Truck Wednesday craziness ...

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  1. Speaking about giving credit, as this blog and comment section often devolves into, how about writing:

    Rather, you're astute, just like commenter Mervis who pointed out two weeks ago that white is the most popular car color.

    Thanks Richie.

  2. It's very true! This last week while at a local hospital I was waiting in the parking lot to pick up my wife, who is a ER nurse, from work. While waiting a WHITE TRUCK attempt to park but rear ends a empty tan car. Instead of leaving a note or something the WHITE TRUCK simply parks on the other side of the parking lot.... I was lucky enough to flag down the driver of the parked car to point out the WHITE TRUCK that rear ended him!

  3. "White trucks are also cheaper and less distinctive than other vehicles"

    This is a lie. Go to any dealership and the sticker price of a brand new white car is the same as any other color. The price goes up for extras/add-ons. Have you never bought a new car?

    Dr. Vadgers

  4. I almost completely agree with your observations, because the same conclusions I made while watching the drivers while driving.