Confessions of an annoying Prius driver
Why Prius drivers drive us crazy
- Duration 4:18
- Date Feb 27, 2013
Why Prius drivers drive us crazy
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I imagine this you're late for work you -- -- your car he's beaten down the road and you get stuck behind.
A Prius our next guest says he knows why.
Those drivers are so annoying because he now is an annoying Prius driver Dwight Silverman is the tech -- for the Houston Chronicle and he joins us live from Houston in a car paid there -- a -- thanks for joining us.
Good morning this is actually my wife's car my car.
Is a 2001 Ford Mustang I don't drive it like the Prius hit but I I have changed the way I drive when I'm in this.
You get great gas mileage -- -- do.
And and to get the great gas mileage and though I've driven one of those cars and you know it -- runs like a sewing machine.
But he does get fifty miles per gallon.
And that's one of the things that but the beauty of the Prius but please explain for us some of the annoying Prius driver habits for instance why is it.
You guys love to coaxed.
Well the Prius has two engines has got a gas engine and electric engine.
And combined to get about a 134 miles per 134 horsepower which is -- too bad.
But you have to -- the electric engine is powered by a large set of batteries and so you have to charge those batteries as you go.
And coasting and breaking causes you to charge the battery OK so what Prius owners end up doing is.
When they know they have to stop.
They coast for a long time and that's why about a half a block away from stoplight or a stop sign you'll see them slowing down.
And just coasting to stop the ideal is obviously never have to put on the break -- until you get to write life.
Sure so -- -- explain this annoying habit.
I'm I'm behind a Prius the Prius is at a stop -- or a stop sign.
And when the light turns green suddenly -- guys in no hurry to you don't want what's going on.
Well when you first up on the break on a Prius if you're doing it I mean on the on the accelerator on -- Prius if you doing it slowly enough.
You stay in electric -- what only the electric engine runs when you get up to twenty miles an hour.
That's within the gas engine kicks in and so the longer you can let the electric engine run.
The better -- gas -- is when you're working in the Prius when you're kind of driving it.
There's a series of data feeds on the -- you know it shows you which engine is running it shows you how much gasoline you've used to how much energy you've used.
At any given point and so you kind of drive to the data it's a game to turn your driving into a game when you turn the car off.
It shows you how many miles per gallon you got.
And you could put in the united gas that the cost of the gas when you fill operate and to show you how much that trip cost sure looks like a game you -- -- get those numbers.
Absolutely the bigger the number the more you -- finally how money out on the open road.
It appears that the driver of the Prius is gliding in my imagining that.
The gliding in a Prius is where the driver on particular freeway or when your rapid decent highway speeds.
You are trying to get the car to run at the very minimum amount of energy so.
You bring the car up to just about the speed limit and a little bit over -- -- you back off.
And you try to keep the gas pedal depressed just enough so that the electric engine only kicks in occasionally to maintain the speed.
He can do that you -- you could run for quite a bit on almost.
A hundred miles per gal.
Very nicely done Dave Silberman -- -- Dwight the -- from Houston Chronicle.
Appearing live in his wife's car I did you have to do the car wash for that -- it looks.
Absolutely spic and -- she took it to the car wash she hates turning loose this car.
She's got my 2001 mustang this morning and she seething.
-- but she can do -- -- it stopped from a -- she's doing Jack has stuck and it you know it's a 2001 I'm not -- replace it shortly I'm probably gonna get a Prius stimulate you worried.
But to -- a real pleasure thanks for explaining the annoying habits of Prius drivers fourth.
Thanks for haven't -- replace.
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