When you drive a Toyota Prius, you get a lot of interesting reactions from other people on the road. I thought people treated me strangely when I drove a minivan - they always seemed to be walking out in front of my van, even on the turnpike, as though they somehow always trusted the driver of a minivan to be responsible and brake for pedestrians. But a Prius is a whole 'nother ballgame.
Most recently I was driving home from Valley Forge park when another driver waved at me. I tried to think, do I know this person? Who do I know in this area who drives a gray Prius? Oh, wait, I realized, they're waving at me because I too drive a Prius. we're in a club. OBVIOUSLY.
even stranger is the behavior of people on the interstate. When I pass them. Often I'll go to pass someone except that when they realize they're being passed by a Prius, they speed up too. it must be just so irrational and impossible for a hybrid car to be passing them that they unconsciously speed up to match me. I can raise the average speed by ten miles per hour on a section of highway just by trying to pass a Lexus. Who knew such power lay in driving such an underpowered little car.