I was under the impression that CA
was about the strictest of all states regarding vehicle modifications
On the books, that may be true. But in reality, as noted above, enforcement is weak at best. Only when the cops can spare time away from their [much more] profitable speed traps, red light runners, and 'California Stop' enforcement (all in the name of safey, of course
) will they bother to cite such a vehicle.
Today, while ridng in my buddy's Z3 on the 405 in Orange County in SoCal, we were tailgated by this huge monster truck
Ahhhh...not too far from me, I see...you shouldda stopped by. We could've gone out for lunch.
Seriously though. Never mind practicality. SoCal is the "Status Symbol" Capitol of the world. And having a big vehcile like that (I see those that you describe all the time) gives the owner some kind of phsycological boost; being "above" all of the other drivers must mean that he's "superior" to the others.
Most likely, these people have very, VERY small penises, and this is how they deal with their insecurity. A self confident man doesn't need to show the rest of the world how "big and bad" he is.
He could have run us over and not even know it!
I'm not really sure he'd even care if he did. Like I said, a big, if not only reason someone would drive such a vehicle is to stoke his ego. Remember, a big ego is not to be confused with self confidence, or lack thereof. Someone who usually feels the need to belittle, intimidate, and, and antagonize others like that usually has some issues himself.
Of course, being here in SoCal, like I said, it's all about status. How many SUV
's did you see driving around you? How many of them do you suppose ever leave the pavement other than the occasional grass parking lot? Why do we see so many car advertisements bragging about their speed, acceleration, and handling?
Given the prevailing conditions on almost every single road, street, highway, and freeway in the Greater 5 County area, no car is going to have much of any of those things.