I love my Prius. I’m always reminded of just how much, when I can pull into and cruise down the carpool lane during rush hour or a traffic jam.
I bought my car in 2007 when Arizona was offering rebates and HOV stickers for hybrid buyers; Priuses, Camrys & some of the Hondas were eligible. At that time, the state was allowing only another 1500 cars onto the program, and then that was it.
Today I was driving (alone) on 101, in traffic, so I pulled into the carpool lane. Shortly after, I was being followed by a policeman on a motorcycle. For less than a mile. Then he left my lane to I assume move onto greener pastures. Must’ve noticed the sticker:)
Arizona is a really mixed political landscape, and I have friends and acquaintances all over that map, and sometimes people who stereotype other people by their cars will say some pretty strange things like “What are you? A ‘greenie’?”
(Witty retort here: “You’re driving a Tundra! What are you? An Eskimo?”)
All I know is I get 50 mpg, can drive single in the carpool lane, and my full keyboard setup and sound system load really easily into the hatchback. Sweet!