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I Drove A Gas Car Today, For The First Time In Over A Year And A Half, After Driving My Tesla: It Was Like Going Back To A Horse And Buggy

I had to drive a gas car today - my old Honda fit, and it took a while to figure out how to drive after getting so used to my Tesla. I eventually did, but it felt like going back to a horse and buggy compared to my Tesla, which is like a space ship.

Driving A Gas Car Today...

I drove a gas car today, my old Honda Fit from around 2008, in order to drive to the gas station and get gas. It was quite a big difference from driving my Tesla, which I have been driving solely over the last 21 months.

Yes, that car is from 2008 and gas cars are a little more evolved today with a center screen, cameras and what not, but it was still quite awkward starting it, driving it, and getting it to the gas station.

Right away, I was trying to shift the car as if it were my Tesla and of course, that didn't work. The shifter was between the two front seats. Also, I had to start the car, which took a bit to figure out.

Once I started the car and then shifted the car to reverse, the car started to move and I panicked. I was not used to the car moving just from shifting, as a Tesla will not move until you press the accelerator pedal.

In addition to that, I panicked because there was no screen with cameras to assist me with backing up or to show a 3D view of my surroundings.

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From Space Shift To Horse And Buggy

It reminded me of when I first got my Tesla, and I had never driven my Tesla before. It took me some time to figure out how to turn the hazard lights off.

I also didn't realize that the car was just on all the time - that once you got in, the car was ready to use instantly and could be shifted to reverse or drive to go.

Driving my Honda Fit again was difficult without the cameras to assist me, so I found myself moving my head very quickly to each mirror while backing up, paranoid that I was going to run into something in my condo garage as I backed out of the parking space.

I remember when I drove my Honda Fit all the time and I get very good at just knowing how much to turn and to park without using any assistance but just looking at my surroundings.

In some sense, you could joke that my Tesla has dulled my senses a little because of all the assistance I get while I am using it.

Still, I would much rather drive my Tesla, which is a spaceship, compared to the horse and buggy that is my Honda Fit. The Tesla has all this sophisticated software and cameras and can drive itself. It is quiet and has incredible performance.

Driving to the gas station was quite an adventure and I made it, but it was very stressful without any indicators telling me if I was getting too close to another car or being able to see my surroundings on a center screen.

I found myself driving wondering if I was going to get a forward collision warning in the Honda Fit gas car because I've been trained to drive a certain way by the Safety Score criteria from tesla.

In the end, I was relieved to make it back to my condo garage in the Honda Fit, having filled it up with gas for my daughter. Now, I want to get my daughter a Tesla as soon as possible, as the Honda Fit is a tin can relic compared to the tank-like frame and spaceship operation of my Tesla Model 3.

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Have you driven a Tesla or any EV for a while and then had to drive a gas car? What was your experience like?

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Dave Twinkle (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 1:07AM

Electric cars work ok in the cities, you have a lot of charging stations. We live in rural Northern California, real Northern California, Humboldt County, not Sacramento or San Francisco, the infra structure is not in place in rural areas like ours which includes mountains and long distances between towns. We are 5 hours north of San Francisco, there are two charging stations between Santa Rosa and Eureka. When the state of California can make it accessible for everyone to have the same opportunities for charging then maybe we’ll be on board, but right now it doesn’t work for us. I’m sure Mr Johnson isn’t interested in our concerns because we only have 120,000 people in 6.000 sq miles. But we do live in God’s country I’ve been told.

Dickdorken (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 2:12AM

Do you actually know how much of the earth that gets compromised by making one electric battery probably not toxicities in the tire wear for one electric car is 25 times more the pollution than a gas car did you know that probably not. Did you know that the area that is extracted for the lithium can no longer be lived upon this earth by any human. Probably not you have an educated yourself on lithium battery Extraction have anyone in this post ever thought about this? It’s more harmful for the earth to make electric cars.

Mike (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 9:29AM

Totally ridiculous article. Both of our subarus have a bright red start button, backup camera, cross traffic warning, etc. This guy is a moron and doesn't mention that after about 300 milesa full recharge takes from 6 to 32 hours, depending on battery. Plus, only one charging station within 50 miles of out house. It would take usan additional 2 weeks of driving to visit relatives in Seattle. Not to mention spontaneous combustion issues, battery replacement issues, etc

John (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 10:48AM

I would rather drive a horse an buggy than an old, tiny, underpowered, Honda Fit. How about comparing it to a modern Subaru Forester or Toyota RAV4??? This article is a shill for electric cars!

Stephen Shoemake Jr (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 10:51AM

Please, give me a break! It probably felt great to get back into a good, gas powered car and you don't want to admit it.

Steve Carter (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 10:55AM

I am just the opposite of your viewpoint, as I like to keep things simple with my vehicles. I am not into touch screens, auto pilots (but do like cruise control), traction control (give me a locking much better). Two of my favorites to drive are my 1998 Chevrolet 3/4 ton 4x4 pickup with a 350 V8 and a 5 speed manual transmission and the other is a 2013 Kubota RTV 1100 C 4x4 which has a. 3 cyl diesel and an automatic transmission (absolutely no screens or other driver assists). Only does 25 mph but is a blast to drive, especially off road.

Paul V (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 1:56PM

If you compare a Tesla to a 16 year old car…..yes it is like a horse and buggy. However! We go where a Tesla dare not go! We have the freedom to travel our great country! While you can only travel from charge station to charge station. And from a 45 minute quick charge to an 8 to 12-hour charge is impossible to even think of. Meanwhile, you wait for our Democratic Government to install charging locations for you. While Americans of the past built their own station as needed and earned a profit. Yet to mention that there has been no new improvement to our nation's power grid in the past 20 to 30 years!

For big cities, I fully agree that EV are the way to go. But for those of us, the majority, EV are not a reliable mode of transportation! Since you are dictated to only going 200 to 300 miles to the next charge station and heaven help you if someone is already using it!

It is the future! But a lot has to be done before this nation can change!

ken thompson (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 2:38PM

If in a short time of 21 months you forgot how to drive yourself and became dependant on the vehicle driving you turn in your license you are a hazard to others.

Matthew (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 3:38PM

Keep ur Tesla I am staying with gas newer cars have similar features to what u describe and as far as range can go a lot further in distance

Roger c Clark (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 5:15PM

Wait until your battery needs replacing. You will wish you had the "horse and buggy" back. You either buy a 10K battery for a 10K car or try to sell it to someone willing to put out 10K for a new battery on a 10K car. Keep drinking the cool aid.

Lisa (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 10:18PM

In reply to by Roger c Clark (not verified)

You are right about the cost of the battery packs, not to mention how harsh the the mining for the Lithium is, the soil at those sites are left so Toxic that no human can live on or near it for 100's of years, and I have a question for anyone that knows this answer, I've been told for decades that dumping our old batteries in the deepest part of the ocean is bad for our environment and I get that but when everyone is going from using 1 or 2 batteries every 10 to 15 years to those huge battery packs which might last about 10 years being dumped, I have yet to hear anything about the effects of this? Good going Environmentalists! They must be on the Dems payroll!

DavidF (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 6:19PM

We need to stick with what we know. The only thing wrong with fueled vehicles is Democrats driving up fuel prices. Plus, if your EV breaks down, you can bet a diesel truck will be there to tow it in. And don’t even try to assert problems with the ozone depletion hoax. smh🙄

Steve (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 8:31PM

Sure, and I had a hard time going from a 2022 Sierra Denali to a 2008 Jeep as well. What you will have a really hard time doing is forking out $20k to replace the battery in your Tesla when it dies in a couple of years and also all of the environmental damage it causes by mining the materials for the battery.

Donavan Nehls Sr. (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 9:45PM

Give me the horse 🐴 and buggy car anytime. I grew up on a 41Chevy Coup, three on the tree manual. I now drive a 74 Chevrolet C 10 pickup, three on the tree manual. No power steering, no AC, no power brakes, no cruise control. Basic carburetor engine. No fuel injection, yup, give me cars that I can work on. No plastic. All metal engine.

Mike Watson (not verified)    May 15, 2024 - 10:15PM

Here is the problem: the author (or poster) has never ever actually driven a horse and buggy. What a bunch of bull (and your horse).

Stephen S. (not verified)    May 16, 2024 - 2:23PM

I have 3 trucks with a standard shift arm and ignition key start, but my Dodge truck has a push-button start with a round shift selector. Sure, I find myself going through the motions of my Dodge ib the other trucks, but it is not like I feel like I am going backwards. EV is great if you live in a 15-minute city, but sucks if you have to drive long distant where charging stations that actually work are few and far between. My clean diesel truck is more environmentally sound than the very large carbon footprint that goes into every EV out there. It is a matter of perspective.