Prius drivers are pretty bad to start with, so Toyota should have taken steps to make sure that they’d be aware that their headlights are not on.
Market Street, inbound:
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This is the first I’ve seen of this:
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(Well, 5,000,000 hits for car eyelashes shows that I need to get out and experience the world more.)
[Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting and area muckraker Phil Matier both drive Priuseseses around town but they don't seem to drive like Prius drivers, AFAICS. It's uncanny. Consider them exceptions to the rule.]
Most of the time, when you see people driving at night without their headlights on, the car involved is a Toyota Prius. There are various reasons for that, but mostly it has to do with the lack of situation awareness possessed by the typical Prius driver.
So it was refreshing to see a non-Prius driver doing the same thing just yesterday. Thusly:
Now, if you want to get in on the fun, order a black Prius from Toyota. Then, when you go about at night without lights on, you’ll turn invisible. Thusly.
And oh yes, feel free to blame Toyota after you crash.
Here’s what you do when you see a Toyota Prius driver going about at night without lights:
You point at the headlights and yell, “Lights! Lights! Turn on your lights, you melon-farmer!”
But in my experience, the kind of Prius driver who goes about at night without lights never ever responds.
Until this guy:
I’ve never seen a Prius driver respond to stimuli – this is a first.
“Then Abraham comes nearer to Him and asks if He will destroy the Priuseses if there are fifty innocent Prius drivers in the City, making the innocent Prius drivers die with the guilty. The LORD replies that if He finds fifty competent Prius drivers in the City of by the Bay, He will spare the all Prius drivers for their sake.”
I’ll tell you, the reason why the LORD hasn’t smited all you bay area Toyota Prius drivers yet is because about fifty of you actually know how to drive, and, you know, actually pay attention to the task at hand. But as for the rest of you:
“Looking at moving violations, Quality Planning found that Toyota Prius drivers get 0.38 violations per 100,000 miles driven, compared to an average of 0.23″
Now, there are reasons why drivers of Toyota Prius Hybrids don’t seem to be able to turn their headlights on at night the way other people do.* But those reasons aren’t important.
What is important is that you either:
1. Take note of when the air changes color and then turn on your headlights when things start to turn black (Il metodo della Vecchia Scuola); 0r
Your choice. Just get-r-done.
Yet another Toyota Prius out at night without lights:
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So, I don’t want to hear any more complaining about how you don’t know which pedal to push, or you don’t know how to turn off the engine on your car, or how your HID headlights break all the time and they cost $1200 to fix. No no, the biggest problem you have, the biggest threat to your life when you’re behind the wheel of your Prius is you yourself.
Let’s keep that in s’perpective….
*And I’ll freely admit that Toyota is partially at fault for overestimating the abilities of its customers…
Just call (415) 485-1238 to sign up, according to the ad that occludes the rear view of anyone driving this Toyota Prius.
The first lesson for Prius drivers in the Bay Area is how to turn the headlights on at night. An amazing number of drivers of these cars just don’t seem to be aware that their lights aren’t on. No headlights, daytime running lights, turn signals, tailights – no nothing except the brake lights occasionally.
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All you can do is yell “headlights!” when they drive past.