End the "Carolina Squat" Trend for Trucks

End the "Carolina Squat" Trend for Trucks

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Over the past couple years a trend of modifying trucks known as the "Carolina Squat" has become popular among truck owners. The result is a front bumper raised up significantly higher than a rear bumper. Subjectively, many people think it looks ridiculous. Objectively, it is a safety hazard. North Carolina has recently introduced legislation to put an end to these kinds of modifications, and it is time for South Carolina to put forth a similar piece of legislation.

It is objectively unsafe for two primary reasons. One reason relates to sight distance. The other relates to bumper height.

The first is that the drivers' minimum sight distance is decreased a dangerous amount. In Layman's terms, they can't see over their own hood. This increases the likelihood of a child or dog not being seen if they were to dart in front of a truck that is modified to have the "Carolina Squat," as well as any other smaller, lower automobile.

The second reason is the raised front bumper becomes a weapon of sorts, rather than a safety device. Rather than the bumper making contact with a pedestrian in the legs, it is now at the level of the torso or head where it is much more likely to cause serious or fatal injuries. Similar dangers are present for impacts with automobiles. In the case of a perpendicular impact, the front bumper of the trucks are now at or above the top of the side window openings of cars which greatly increases the chance of serious injury to occupants inside that car. In the case of a head on or rear impact, the truck is more likely to end up on top of the car or be deflected off in an out of control manner where it could strike other vehicles or nearby pedestrians.

We urge the lawmakers of South Carolina to bring forth legislation to bring an end to this dangerous and reckless trend of vehicle modification.

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