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...Driving the news: America has a unique love affair with pickup trucks " the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the U.S. for more than 40 years. But during that time, pickups have become bigger, bulkier, and more high-tech.
- - - In the 1980s, about half of pickup trucks were categorized as small or midsize. But by the 2010s, small pickups had nearly vanished as Americans increasingly bought into the big truck lifestyle.
- - - As pickups transitioned from workhorses to lifestyle vehicles, their design shifted accordingly: Cabs expanded to accommodate more passengers, while beds shrank.
- - - The first generation of F-150s was 36% cab and 64% bed by length. By 2021, the ratio flipped, with 63% cab and 37% bed....
One result of supersized trucks: greater risks to pedestrians and other drivers.
- - - Drivers of today's trucks sit much higher, creating a blind spot where small children or wheelchair users are hidden from view.
- - - Moreover, pickups' weight increased by 32% between 1990 and 2021, meaning they strike pedestrians with more force.
- - - Plus, the tall front of a truck strikes pedestrians in the torso or head " home to vital organs " whereas the lower hoods of cars typically strike pedestrians in the legs.
- - - Pickups also tend to be more dangerous in collisions between differently sized vehicles " car drivers are 2.5 times more likely to die when colliding with a pickup as compared to another car, per a 2019 study....
See the article for interesting charts and diagrams.