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Toyota Prius Driver Points To What Accelerating Too Fast From a Stop Can Do

It seems that when people drive EVs or Hybrids their driving habits change. I see more and more discussions on electric car forums where, for example Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid, drivers point out how fast acceleration from a stop does to your mileage and how one's driving habits may change if the drivers see it daily.

"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.

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Yes, it has changed my driving habits.

I'm more likely to cruise at 63 on the highway (in a 55 zone) than to push over 70 like much of the traffic. My acceleration from a stop is more gradual, and ends sooner. My routes have shifted to emphasize surface roads rather than Interstates, saving on both MPG and distance travelled. I spend more time with the windows down.

Averaging 60+ in the summer, low 50s in the winter, on a 2014 Prius Two without plugin. Overall is likely 56-58, compared to 32 for our previous car, a 2007 Honda Fit.

I love my 2015 Prius C. The acceleration off the line is very smooth and responsive to foot pressure and brisk up to 40 mph. I find myself going slower more now than I would in other cars because of my interest of getting good gas mileage, and that usually means going easier on the accelerator. As far as speed limits go, I used to be a member of the NMA and within those circles, we learned that the speed limits are usually set at not the design speed of the road, but 10 mph lower than what 85% of what the traffic drives at on that road, which is considered a natural safe and comfortable speed. The artificial lower posted speed limits are that low to increase revenue for the state, not in the interests of safety. Actually driving along at the speed limit will hold up the flow causing drivers to drive too close, and maybe overtake you, quite understandably because the natural flow rate is being obstructed.