A Third of Texans Name Their Pickup Trucks
If you're still deciding what to name your truck, Betsy is probably on your short list, according to a new poll. It's one of the top names for pickup trucks in Texas, and the other top name might surprise you. Oh, and if you consider your truck to be part of your family, you are a true Texan.
One-third of Texans name their trucks and the top two names are Betsy and Big Red, according to a new poll. Apparently Big Red applies no matter what color the truck actually is. I knew a guy once who named his big green truck Big Red, and I never asked why. You don't question a guy and his truck.
The poll makers said they "oversampled" Texas to put their results together, probably because we've got trucks in every parking lot and filling up most lanes of our highways, and truck owners here are happy to talk about how much they love their rides. They might not fill out a survey about a trip to the grocery store, but they'll dang sure talk about Big Red.
Fifty-seven percent of truck owners consider their pickup to be part of the family, and thirty-eight percent say they love their pickup more than any other belonging. Sixty percent said they can't live without their truck. The survey didn't ask wives to weigh in.
The moment I moved to Texas in the mid-1990s, I knew I had landed in F150-ville. I always seemed to have one in front of me and behind me on the roads that I traveled in Austin at the time, and all of the drivers were friendly, giving me the good ole two-finger wave just to say hey. It's that split-second how-do-you-do where the hand never leaves the steering wheel and it seems to come naturally for all dudes and their Betsys.
We love ya, truck owners. And if you haven't settled on a name yet, there are more suggestions HERE.