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Getting the Most Out of the Toyota Prius: Driving Tips



  • semenzatosemenzato Posts: 37
    Tomm---are you sure the B drive uses more gas? I don't believe so. It just uses engine friction to help slow down the car when going downhill, but I don't think any gas goes into the engine in those circumstances. It's true that you can forget it in B when you no longer need it, which isn't good, but between that and overheating the brakes (or at the very least overusing them) I think driving in B longer than you should is the lesser evil. After all, directly saving gasoline is not the only goal. Think of how much gasoline goes into building those brake pads (and in the cars of workers that produce them and install them etc.).

    Congratulations for switching from an A8 to a Prius. It's hard to believe that you won't miss the A8---but people around you will like you better for your effort.
  • peakoilpeakoil Posts: 8
    (I accidently sent a blank message before I wuz dun. Sorry)
    A couple of weeks ago I entered the freeway and tried to engage my cruise control, but it wouldn't go on. After fiddling around a bit, I thought of the B drive-maybe I accidently had it in B, something I almost never do. I pulled the shifter to the left and down, and, sure enough, I had been in B and now I wuz in drive and I set the cruise. So I think you don't have to wait until you start up again b4 you can use your cruise.
  • laughen59laughen59 Posts: 10
    Thank you for your reply Tomm.
  • fseaverfseaver Posts: 13
    Its in the manual for 2008 REGULAR
  • haulbackhaulback Posts: 1
    I live in Boise, Idaho and travel ~50 miles (round trip) commuting between town (2750 ft) and our home at 3500 ft. There are multiple hills and downhills in my commute and I would say my average speed is around 43 mph (top speed 60, low speed 5). We have had the Prius for 2 years and approaching 36000 miles. Oneway commute is 35 minutes. Winter driving is ~48 mpg and Summer is ~ 52 mpg.

    Bottom line:
    We love our Prius! It is not a waste of money. It's fun to drive, comfortable, well designed, and roomy.

    Be advised in Winter snow driving, use a good tire as in the Michelin Ice-X or Bridgestone Blizzak. Learn to "feather" the gas pedal as the Prius, once it breaks traction and spins, will momentarily shut the engine off (self protects the electric motor). If you start to spin, let up immediately on the gas and ease it on (counter intuitive, I know). This only occurs on our very steep drive (20%+ grade on ice).
    Overall, the car is an excellent snow vehicle on plowed roads.
    Best of luck.
  • vinnynyvinnyny Posts: 774
    Whatever you do, please keep that thing out of the left lane. You're really not saving the world from its oil dependency when you block traffic. Also, pulling off some of those Obama Biden stickers might reduce drag enough to save a gallon of gas every 100 years.

    Sorry for intruding in your forum, but I just drove 1000 miles and spent most of it stuck behind slow-moving Toyotas in the left lane...
  • Are you for real, Toyota's run as fast as any cars. Check out NASCAR. :) :) :)
  • vinnynyvinnyny Posts: 774
    Prius is running in NASCAR now? Damn, the world might be ending...
  • Vinny , Prius is not running in NASCAR, but if they were they would really save a lot of time on pit stops as they would not need any. ;) ;) ;)
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
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  • Would anyone have specific experience with the following-

    1)Merging from standstill (it becomes necessary when merging onto some highways)-does it accelerate fast enough-the numbers about 10 secs for 0-60 mph im still not sure are enough
    2) Ive seen posts from non Prius drivers complaining about slow moving priuses as well- so while moving, is the acceleration performance sufficient to switch lanes safely if someone behind is indicating they may need you to?
    3) I live in North new jersey- which while it's not colorado does get snow and ice. Are there any Prius-specific gotchas there?

    i put down a deposit on a prius Friday night and am now seriously reconsidering (nothing signed yet beyond credit card slip.)

    If I new the above criteria were ok Id be fine with it.
    Thank, W>
  • wvgasguywvgasguy Posts: 1,405
    1) 10 seconds is not all that bad compared to about 90% of new cars.

    2) Most Prius are slow by drivers choice.

    3) I would use snow tires. Many people drive these in the snow. I'm looking forward to my first winter in a Prius. However I had a Camry Hybrid before and they pretty much are the same. I was concerned with the Camry as even wet grass would shut it down on a slope from a standing start. However the Vridgestones had very little tread. If it doesn't have traction, the traction control won't shut off and the car won't move. However many new cars have this same issue. Make sure in bad weather you have snow treads.

    I really don't know your specific daily route but #3 would be my only concern in your case. I don't remember too many hills in NJ though that would concern me in bad weather
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Most cars with traction control have a way of shuting them off, at least on Ford and GM. This has been a big problem with the Prius since new and why they haven't added a button to turn it off is anybodies guess.
  • I used to live in Bergen County before moving to CO. The Prius will be great in NJ, the 2010 even better. The only problem is LONG, STEEP, STRAIGHT mountain passes where you want to go 85 uphill for 3 or 4 miles and the booster battery dies after 2 or 3, leaving you to the smaller gasoline engine which can only do 70 on it own, uphill.
    Not a problem on curvy roads where 70 is more than enough or on short hills when 2-3 miles is a lot or on mild hills when the boost lasts longer and the ICE can do 70+ easily on it's own.
  • Stevegold,
    Many thanks for the info.
    Not too many of those mountain passe around NJ thank heavens. But I just picked my Prius up and am daunted.The tires do look a bit like bicycle tires and the chassis undercarriage is so low I fear (it gets parked outside) that when the snow piles up over a foot (which it does a few times a winter at least for the last 2) backing it out could be a job. Any perspectives on this? With the old Honda accord somehow this didnt seem an issue.

    thanks again
  • I have a second set of rims with Blizzak snow tires that I switch to in October. There may be a better snow tire to buy. Check the boards for recomendations.
  • deweydewey Posts: 5,251
    After driving a BMW 335i with snow tires I happen to know every single Good Samaritan in Toronto who is willing to give a shove to a snow-stuck car.

    I am going to try driving my Prius without snowtires and hopefully I will drive by all those very Good Samaritans.

    If not then I will consider Blizzaks.Blizzaks for a Prius will be significantly cheaper than those run flat Bridgestone snowtires I used for my BMW which costed me CDN $775 ( $730 US $) a tire in Canada

    I love my Prius. The mileage is getting better by the day. And so far no speeding tickets. ;)
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