Persuasiveness

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Hochswender is not Persuasive
Upon reading the article titled, Did My Car Join Al Qaeda, I found the authors emotion to be palpable; however, his logic lacked supportive facts, and his moral authority carried a combative tone while defending his right to drive a sport utility vehicle. Placing the safety of my children first would lead me to defend my right to drive a larger vehicle, as well. I do agree with Hochswender’s point that the size of an SUV will provide a higher level of safety than a smaller compact vehicle if involved in a collision. (Hochswender, p.155) The concern of SUV’s rolling over has decreased with improved technology. Hochswender’s stating, “Rollover accidents tend to be something the driver has a substantial degree of control over”, and “I drive as not to rollover” (Hochswender, p.155), fails to carry merit. In the past, the top heavy vehicles frequently rolled over, giving many models the highest accident death rates. But drivers of today’s SUV’s are among the least likely to die in a crash due to the latest technology and availability of electronic stability control (ECS), which helps prevent rollovers (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Many of the arguments Hochswender uses to defend his right to drive the vehicle of his choice resonated with anger. He also placed drivers of light trucks into one category of concerned individuals learning not to drive around aimlessly. “We tend to combine trips and keep engines finely tuned and tires properly inflated” (Hochswender, p. 155). One cannot possibly claim all drivers of SUV’s fit this description. His tendency to criticize those who disagreed with him led me to believe he may share similar environmental concerns, but chose to be defiant despite any factual evidence. Our country’s dependence on oil continues to be a major debate. The large sport utility vehicles that fall way short on…...

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