The Catholic Church has recently issued a set of 10 road commandments. Number 9 is “On the road, protect the more vulnerable party” which ties in with an article by Barney Zwartz published in the religious column of The Age about the spiritual issues related to 4WD cars.
Barney makes better points than the Catholic Church starting with “How can Christians living in suburban Melbourne justify getting around in huge four-wheel drives? It’s harder to imagine a more “me-first, up yours” statement to the rest of the world*“. He also links to a report by the Australian Academy of science showing that 4WDs are less safe for their owners (which fits the theory of some Christians that bad actions tend to get punished in this world as well as the next).