Yesterday I drove the work Prius to some fieldwork and got back to the office about 1 p.m. That part was uneventful. But when I came in this morning, I learned that I had left it running. All afternoon. All night. Yikes! Apparently I neglected to hit the power button at the end of my trip, as I parked, listened to the rest of the weather report, completed the mileage log, was joined by a coworker who saw me in the car, opened it back up to turn off the headlights, etc. I did take the key with me, but there is no ignition (I usually just leave the electronic key in a cupholder while I drive), and apparently the Prius will keep running even without the key in the vicinity It used about 1/3 tank as it switched back and forth from battery to engine mode through the night. At least nobody drove off with it.
LOL! Iíve done that a couple of times before, but not overnight.
Meanwhile, I despise my Prius. What ever word describes ďthe opposite of driving passionĒ surely describes the car. Sure, it gets great mileage, but there are many annoying things about it (traction control, rear drum brakes, blind spots, etc.). Iíve ridden my bikes more miles in the past couple of years than Iíve driven my Prius, part of the reason being that the bikes are FUN to ride.
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Me too. I chose to drive i stead of ride this week, and have gotten a 300 dollar chicken **** traffic ticket, and a minor front end collision that knocked my bumper out of place and jacked up my front end.
That is what I get for driving when I should be riding.
How 'bout: Three cars individually known as a Prius. (Dumb name anyway,but better than 'Probe' especially if one tailgates you.)
Driving is a learned skill that like others requires some upkeep. Minivans and Crossovers with young mothers on their phones (they are not in fact, driving as most of us mean it) and older drivers who shop one a week with maybe 2000 miles a year are in there with young drivers with less than 5000 miles under their belts. I ride to avoid them. An ICE at least gives a little telltale vibration and in most (now changing) you turn the key and remove it and done. Our cars ding for keys or lights when you open the driver's door, why doesn't the Prius ding away or scream like a banshee when the driver's butt leaves the seat and the car is still on? According to Car and Driver short of the Tesla, regenerative braking makes major inroads into fun to drive, but maybe VW retains more than most. I am milking another 5 years out of the current stable. I can buy a lot of gas and repairs and still save money.
^^ Yeah someone at work said who the F would want to steal that anyway!!! I drove it again today and "tested" it by leaving it on when I got back. Yes, it beeped 4 times, but then stopped, unlike when you leave the lights or keys in a car, and nobody of the 3 people I drove could tell it was still "On".
There has been talk about making them louder.
Mostly for the sake of people walking in parking lots so they can hear them.
Maybe they need to make them louder just so people turn them off so they don't waste all that gas they saved. lol
I spent 2.5 years in race club, taking race schools, driving open track events (non-competitive) on road courses. Enough to chew through two set of expensive tires. These days, my sporty little car has been sold and I drive a car once or twice a week. About half the time to drive my mountain bike to the trail. Every time I get behind the wheel of a car, I am reminded how piss poor my driving skill are these days.
I miss the thrill of those days. The confidence in my skill setup and take hard turn at speed. The giddiness I felt after 20 minutes on the track is hard to describe. Overall biking is better for me. But, you can't help but feel the regret skills you lost.