Toyota Prius Driver Points To What Accelerating Too Fast From a Stop Can Do
"Since I got my Toyota Prius, I am very conscious about not accelerating like a jackrabbit," writes Ravi D Rao at Plug in Prius Owners public group. He also explains that another reason for his driving habit is being Eco-concious. He does admit that he often finds himself being passed by cars, which, Rao says, meets them again at the next traffic light.
Stephanie Reh Garde replies that she drives her 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid depending on the needs of the road she is on. "I do a lot of highway driving so on-ramps and off-ramps are a daily occurrence. I have no issues with getting the power I need to accelerate. I can accelerate up hills. My 2012 PIP, at the end of the day, is a 4-cylinder car that just happens to get awesome gas mileage because of the rest of it. I also find driving habits are changing, for the worse. The number of people traveling in the passing lane has increased to the point where the state of Massachusetts has signs reminding people that the left lane is for passing only.
If Every Car Had a Mileage Feedback
"If every car had constant, current feedback of the gas mileage they were getting, I think others would change their habits, too. Not everyone, but many would see what accelerating too fast from a stop can do. If I want to drive close to the speed limit, I make sure I am out of the way. On these roads, 85 mph can be quite normal. So, driving near 65 mph can be quite dangerous. I haven't really run into any negative feedback on the roads. That might also be because you can't drive through an intersection without seeing a Prius. We are like mosquitoes, and about the same size," Stephanie adds.
Does the mileage feedback, especially on what fast acceleration from a stop, change your driving habits? If yes how? Also see my yesterday's coverage on why Toyota Prius drivers drive relatively slower and how Toyota will break it's previous "record" on Prius with 60 MPG for the 2016 Prius.