Are Truck Owners More Generous Than Car Owners?

There are many car stereotypes in the world, and most of them don’t make truck owners look good. Some truck stereotypes portray truck owners as inconsiderate people and more extreme truck stereotypes portray them as violent and cruel folks. However, according to a survey by Chevrolet, the reality may be far more different than those stereotypes say it is.

A charitable truck

A lawn care service truck towing a lawn mower
A pickup truck in action | John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images

According to Chevy’s survey, 89% of truck owners surveyed said that they’ve used their trucks to help others. On top of that, 33% of those surveyed said that they used their trucks to tow a family member’s or a friend’s car. 33% also said that they used their truck to support a charitable cause, such as a local school or a community center.

These stats aren’t surprising when you consider the capabilities of a modern pickup truck. Of course, their exact numbers will vary based on which make and model of pickup you’re thinking about. But by and large, the classic work trucks like the RAM 1500 or the Ford F-150 excel in a lot of different situations.

A truck’s ability to tow almost every other car on the road is very helpful when that car has broken down or has gotten stuck somewhere. Furthermore, most trucks are designed or equipped to handle various terrains well, and this can be helpful – especially in rainy, muddy, or snowy conditions. The amount of cargo room afforded to a truck thanks to its truck bed is also invaluable when it comes to moving supplies somewhere. 

Are truck owners more generous than car owners? 

Chevy’s study doesn’t actually answer this question, as it didn’t measure how charitable car owners were. As a result, it’s impossible to compare the two. That said, given how useful a truck can be in so many different situations that a car can’t wouldn’t be able to handle, it’s likely that car owners simply can’t be more charitable than truck owners are in that area. 

For example, if a friend’s sedan breaks down, it’s likely that you won’t be able to use your sedan to help tow your friend’s car. But if you have a truck, then in all likelihood, you’ll be able to help tow your friend’s car. So, even though you’re still a charitable person in both scenarios, by owning a truck, you’ll be able to actually help your friend out rather than feel the desire to help your friend out. 

That’s one of the many reasons why truck owners want a truck. Trucks are very capable and very versatile. They’re designed to be tough and to handle many different situations with ease. A sedan may be great for commuting from your home to your workplace, but a truck can do a whole lot more, including helping others out. 

That’s probably one of the reasons why so many truck owners say that they’ve used their truck to help others out. Their trucks allow them to act generously, while a different vehicle may not allow them to. 

Other interesting stats 

Although Chevy’s survey didn’t answer the question of whether or not truck owners were more charitable than car owners are, it did answer a few other questions. For one, truck owners are helpful people. But another one is that contrary to popular stereotypes, 26% of people learned to drive with a truck. Most people assume that everyone learned to drive with sedans, but Chevy’s study said otherwise. 

Another interesting stat is that 60% of people surveyed said that they wouldn’t be able to live without their truck. Furthermore, 27% said that they love their truck so much that they’ve given it a name. The most popular name for a truck, according to Chevy, is Betsy.