It’s often said that men buy pickup trucks because it makes them look and feel more rugged, capable, powerful, and in control. Well, what does it say about women who like to drive pickup trucks? I’ve enjoyed driving the big four-wheel drive Ford F-150
s and Chevrolet Silverado1500
pickups in my time – as well as their more compact siblings. They’re certainly not difficult to drive, and I didn’t think they made me look any less feminine. I will admit, however, that I felt totally capable behind the wheel. It was also a lot easier to see the road ahead and behind.
– Yeah, we have to mention this one, only because it’s so important these days when everyone is so concerned about greenhouse gases and cutting down on our dependence on oil. We choose hybrids like the Honda Civic Hybrid
and electrics like the Toyota Prius
to make a statement – a very visible one – to others that we not only care about the environment and our contribution to it, but we’re putting our money where our mouth is. That’s a good thing. But we can make the same statement by buying super fuel-efficient (nearly as good as hybrids, sometimes better) and powerful turbocharged four-cylinder cars – if we so desire.
Bottom line: Don’t lose any sleep over what your car may be saying about you. After all, you’re putting your hard-earned money out there every month to pay for those wheels. You may as well enjoy every dollar’s worth. And, if you’re still driving a car that’s long ago lost its new-car feel and may be in need of some serious detailing or car repairs, maybe it’s time you paid a little more attention to sprucing up the old beater and getting a few more miles out of it. Just imagine what message that would say about you?
We are, after all, the masters of spin. When it comes to our wheels, we have every reason to agree or disagree with what others say our cars say about us.