I hate Prius cars, or the plural Prii (according to Toyota). OK, it isn't so much the car itself, as it is reasonably well put together and a well-engineered package (although the styling is a whole other thing to hate). I guess what I really hate is Prius drivers. If you happen to have one, please don't be insulted as there are exceptions to every generality, and I'm sure you're it. But as a group, I find Prius being driven more poorly than other other model that I can think of.
In Southern California, we have a lot of Prii. Tons of them. We must have 80% of Toyota's production within a hundred mile radius. I probably see at least a couple dozen on my commute each way, maybe more. And they seem to be driven in one of the following categories:
- Plugging along slowly in the fast lane or carpool lane regardless of traffic speed, kind of in their own little world. This morning I saw three of them roughly side by side chugging along at about 60MPH in a four lane wide section of freeway, causing everyone else to figure out a way to maneuver around their rolling roadblock.
- Driven with little awareness or attention to what is happening around them, changing lanes randomly and cutting off other cars, turn signal flashing for miles, not going when the light turns green, etc. Also this morning, I saw one (white with a KPBS license plate frame in case it's yours!) suddenly decide to exit the freeway, cutting immediately from the left lane across 4 more lanes of traffic without ever glancing at a mirror to a cacophony of car horns and squealing tires from drivers trying to miss it.
- Zooming along 15 - 20 MPH faster than the rest of the traffic weaving in and out of lanes (wasn't the purpose to have an economical car? 90+ MPH isn't an economical way to drive).
I almost never see one just being driven normally.
It has seemed there are always categories of cars that attract drivers that are a moving hazard. Old men in old Cadillacs was one category, or tree huggers in a Volvo station wagon. It seems that the Prius is today's equivalent. These things should be banned from the road in the interest of public safety.
OK, I feel better now for getting that off my chest.