Why are Toyota Prius Owners Such Bad Drivers?

Generally speaking, that is.

Back in the day, old boxy 200-series Volvos had the rep of having drivers that had issues. But these days, it seems the worst motorists on the roads are caged-up in Toyota Priuses. Why’s that?

Could it be that the primary reason most owners bought is that the purchase “makes a statement” about them?

Getting the “what’s a matter you?” Italian-style hand gesture from a perturbed pedestrian on South Van Ness in San Francisco. The driver was blocking a crosswalk for a good 45 seconds while paying attention to something in his right hand. Note body damage from a prior allision.


Another Prius driver recently caused a stir in town by driving through the streetcar-only Sunset Tunnel and getting stuck for a few hours.  

Things have gotten so bad that some people keep an eye out just for these particular hybrids.

Keep a look out and stay safe out there.

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3 Responses to “Why are Toyota Prius Owners Such Bad Drivers?”

  1. John Doe says:

    Do you think it is possible that it is because the Prius is everywhere and not because the drivers are particularly bad drivers?

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Thought about that. Factored it in.

    Prius drivers, on average, are horrible drivers. If you put them all in Civics they would still be, on average, horrible drivers. It’s not a random distribution.

  3. Matt says:

    I would have to semi-agree that Prius drivers, typically, are not the best. However, I find that the vast majority of PT Cruisers are driven by the WORST possible drivers. Ever.