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    Toyota Prius: Major threat?

    Greetings all. I commute around 120 miles a day, on Hwy 101 and 1 here in Central Coastal California
    I have noticed a trend over the last 5 years and have been wondering if it's just me or is something up? It appears like 80% of the time, if there is a car holding up the smooth flow of traffic it will be a Toyota Prius. The most common scene being traffic will be flowing smooth around 75mph in the fast lane and "whammo" there is a Prius doing a steadfast 64MPH even though there plenty of room for slower travel in the right lane. This forces everyone else to use the right lane to get around with subsequent snarl and resultant danger. The scene of travel at 64mph in the right lane when traffic is flowing 65-70 in that lane and 75-80 in the fast lane seems to occur pretty often as well. I've been calling it "Prius Syndrome". Am I alone in this observation? What could be wrong with these folks? I postulate these folks are intent on watching the fuel economy gauge which drops dramatically over 65mph or during acceleration and not watching the road. Check it out next time your out in commuterland.
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    I'd never noticed that! Wow, you might really be on to something!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kurt1305 View Post

    I have a different term for it but I might get booted for posting it.
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    Germany has a great law that I'd like to see put into effect here:

    If you are in the left lane on an Autobahn, and you are hit in the arse, it's automatically your fault.

    And yes, in the midwest we are also affected with the "Prius Syndrome"
    I never really considered that it would be possible to despise a perticular automobile.... but I'm getting there!

    Every time I see one on the road it makes my blood pressure rise, no matter what lane they are in!

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    Here in Western New York it's called Prius driving syndrome, or PDS. It's especially annoying on a two lane road with no passing, when the Prius driver attempts to accelerate after a stop sign or red light without having the gasoline engine cut in. It may take them half a mile or more just to reach 30 mph.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken F View Post
    Germany has a great law that I'd like to see put into effect here:

    If you are in the left lane on an Autobahn, and you are hit in the arse, it's automatically your fault.

    And yes, in the midwest we are also affected with the "Prius Syndrome"
    I never really considered that it would be possible to despise a perticular automobile.... but I'm getting there!

    Every time I see one on the road it makes my blood pressure rise, no matter what lane they are in!

    Ken
    There are quite a few laws about driving in the left lane of the autobahn -

    • slower traffic keep right
    • never pass on the right
    • use your turn signals to indicate a lane change
    • it illegal to run out of fuel on the autobahn
    • if there are three lanes, trucks cannot drive in the left hand lane
    • it is illegal to back up on the autobahn


    - but I have never heard the one about getting hit in the rear. I lived in Germany for four years. I had to take a written and sign identification test twice. I never heard of that rule. It could be a new rule. Things change . . . but not very often in Germany.

    There is a failure to use right lane law. As of 2014, if you are ticketed it will cost you 80 Euros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken F View Post
    Germany has a great law that I'd like to see put into effect here:

    If you are in the left lane on an Autobahn, and you are hit in the arse, it's automatically your fault.
    Not even close.

    You've been hanging around forums too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kurt1305 View Post
    Hyper-miling is the term for it.
    I didn't know about this syndrome.........I have kinda noticed the owners who drive 'em though. It seems that there is a Tutorial on how to drive like there is no one else on the road complete with "drafting" instructions
    Small vehicles drafting large vehicles- Prius or motorcycle to a tractor-trailer is a very bad idea.
    While the road is everybody's place to drive, I am completely aware that no good comes from someone intentionally driving "out of the pattern".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    I didn't know about this syndrome.........I have kinda noticed the owners who drive 'em though. It seems that there is a Tutorial on how to drive like there is no one else on the road complete with "drafting" instructions
    Small vehicles drafting large vehicles- Prius or motorcycle to a tractor-trailer is a very bad idea.
    While the road is everybody's place to drive, I am completely aware that no good comes from someone intentionally driving "out of the pattern".
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    We have to deal with the same crap here in Pa. IMHO they should not even be on the road

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    I didn't know about this syndrome.........I have kinda noticed the owners who drive 'em though. It seems that there is a Tutorial on how to drive like there is no one else on the road complete with "drafting" instructions
    Small vehicles drafting large vehicles- Prius or motorcycle to a tractor-trailer is a very bad idea.
    While the road is everybody's place to drive, I am completely aware that no good comes from someone intentionally driving "out of the pattern".
    OM
    I don't draft anyone in my Prius. I don't have to. I easily get 50+ mpg in anything above 50F so why would I tailgate anyone? And that happens to be my pet peeve: tailgaters.

    Calm down, people, the Prius won't take away your precious gas-guzzling V-8. Sheesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsuited View Post
    I don't draft anyone in my Prius. I don't have to. I easily get 50+ mpg in anything above 50F so why would I tailgate anyone? And that happens to be my pet peeve: tailgaters.

    Calm down, people, the Prius won't take away your precious gas-guzzling V-8. Sheesh.

    Harry
    I'm calm- no worries- don't care what anyone drives......and now that I think about it- I don't even own a V8. I do notice that the Prius drivers don't seem to "enjoy the ride" the way someone in say, a Porsche or a Jeep do. Probably a great car to park in the city.
    If I was looking for a new car- on the small side, it would still have to make me smile when I drive it- perhaps a Ford Focus RS
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    Edit, had to look in the yard again.....yep, surenuf there is a V8.......a rather snotty 8.1- that's 496 cubes
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    That's not my experience at all. I have noticed the opposite. I have been consistently surprised to see multiple times a Prius going very fast, very frequently, not blocking the fast lane. And no I don't own a Prius. But it's interesting to see different patterns in different places.
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