Posts Tagged ‘ hybrid vehicles ’

SENIOR DRIVING EXPERIENCES

Feb 18th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We’ve been evaluating some experiences lately driving our Prius V (Toyota). It’s a snazzy red and we really like the car. But more important, we’re getting better gas mileage than the rating on the auto suggests. It is rated for 42 average; our average miles per gallon is 46, and growing. The reason is we changed our driving habits several years ago, when we got our first hybrid.

What changed? We accelerate slowly from a dead stop. We coast to a stop when approaching a red light. We drive between 55 and 60 mph on interstates. We coast whenever possible; the ‘EV’ light comes on to let us know when electric power comes on and the gasoline engine shuts off, so we know when we’re coasting. We like the challenge of having the EV light on as much as possible while driving in town.



SENIORS: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DRIVING A HYBRID

Mar 14th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

For several years now, we have owned and driven hybrid cars. There are those who have framed their arguments against the hybrid, but we have found the vehicle to be economical, practical and good for our budget. Now that gasoline is topping at almost $5 a gallon, it works even more in our favor.

Our first hybrid was a Toyota Camry, which averaged somewhere around 40+ mpg. More than that, however, it was economical to operate because of low cost maintenance. When we reached 100k miles we found that it would be a wonderful car for our son, who lives in hilly San Francisco. It continues to serve him well to this day.

We chose a Prius Hybrid for our next vehicle. Its mileage is in excess of 50 mpg, and, like the Camry, it is also economical in other