Steadily rising gas prices last summer, and the spikes driven by hurricanes Katrina and Rita this fall, have prompted many motorists to look askance at fuel-slurping road hogs
in favor of vehicles powered by gasoline-electric hybrid engines.
Safety concerns, rollover concerns, higher gasoline prices, higher insurance costs and the higher cost of operating the huge road hogs
are being blamed for a slowdown in sales of sport utility vehicles nationwide.
The first floor has been turned over to six virtual families - ranging from a pensioner scrimping by on pounds 3,500 a year, to a well-off two job, two-kiddie couple earning more than pounds 100,000 a year, and five imaginary companies - ranging from the huge CD maker Musicalia to the tiny Road Hogs
car firm, set up by a couple of car enthusiasts.
Hungry piglets make suckers out of a car driver by stopping for a snack in the middle of the road in Albania
This year's event boasted a fantastic fairground, an array of stunning stalls and live music, including a performance by returning favourites the Road Hogs
. It was a far cry from last summer's event, which was blighted by the same heavy rains that lashed Coventry during the build up to this year's fayre.
Witnesses are urged to use the internet to shop road hogs
they spot speeding, tailgating, jumping red lights or using mobiles at the wheel.
Motoring organisation the IAM Trust said police could take action against road hogs
for two offences - careless or inconsiderate driving and driving without reasonable consideration for other road users.
Even with spasmodic enforcement and defiant road hogs
still here, there has been only one serious accident since the reduction in the speed limit and it is a great relief not to see the tragic toll of speed.
Traffic wardens, other motorists, road hogs
and lost drivers also made it into the top 10 driving distractions according to Jamjarcars, one of the UK's leading internet-based car retailers.
Committed road hogs
need to look at the Almera 2.0 GTi or anything with a BMW badge on the front.
The police need to take more notice of these cyclist road hogs
The focus of this year's event is music with a Gospel choir, Road Hogs
Rock and Blues, African drummers, Irish dancers and a host of young talent including Lucy Anderton, Infury Trash Metal Band, Tracy Nicholson and Brite Sparkz Cheerleaders.
Rasher-hour traffic: Not many cars on this road...but plenty of pigs; Road hogs
beware: Humps and more pigs just around corner; Piggie bank: Drivers need worry about more than falling rocks; No porking: Paul with pig
Boy racers, Sunday drivers, sales reps, taxi drivers, cyclists and drivers of Porsches, Land Rovers and Volkswagens, road hogs
all, says White Van Man.
This will be the biggest and best festival yet with musical events every night." The finale of the festival takes place on Sunday May 17 with a sedan chair race in Abbey Fields and the Party in the Park, with premier European BMX aerial display team MAD, the Kenilworth Suzuki Group, Vicky Daniels Dance Display, live music from Lament, the Battle of the Bands winner and Road Hogs
, Alexander's Travelling Show and children's sports and family fun.