January 31, 2011 by Dorcas Haldberg
Is it necessary to have a truck so big that you have to have truck steps to get inside? Well the people where I live think that it is. Growing up in Australia I never saw people driving trucks. If you worked in an industry that required you to haul stuff you generally drove what is called a “ute”. Ute is short for utility vehicle. It is a car in the front with a truck bed in back. You got in and out of them like you would a regular car so truck steps were not required. While a new ute is quite expensive to buy it costs far less than buying any kind of truck, so a ute is what workmen drove.
When I moved here to the USA I was shocked to see how many people drove trucks. They are reasonably priced and mostly a necessity in a farming town. I have hauled many loads of hay and pulled trailers full of horses. I have even used a truck to move many people to their new homes. Even though I do understand that a truck is a very useful tool and have enjoyed using one, I am still unsure as to why anyone would need a truck so big that it would require truck steps to be able to get in it. I guess I will never properly understand this cultural phenomenon.