I recently pointed out how much FUD is going around about hybrid cars. As a hybrid owner, this is an issue near and dear to my heart. The latest tactic in the war on hybrids appears to be “smear the driver.”
This stupid article I just found claims that hybrid drivers are so miserly that they intentionally drive “slowly” in the fast lane to conserve fuel.
“These idiot hybrids are clogging up the car-pool lane,” huffed Bob De Marco of Gilroy, Calif., blaming drivers for cruising in the fast lane at less than 65 mph when others want to zoom along at 75-plus.
The speed at which hybrids cruise “is infuriating,” said Andy Francke of Morgan Hill, Calif.
Fuck you, Andy. This is bullshit. Driving a hybrid has not made me drastically alter my driving style. Sure, driving slower might improve fuel economy, but isn’t that true of most cars? The article claims that the trip-o-meter in the hybrids encourages this hyper-focus by reporting instantaneous gas mileage. My old VW Passat had a similar kind of display. I can’t say it ever made me adjust my speed.
But it gets even better. Some dope named Jim Thomas of the National Motorists Association had this to say:
Many motorists perceive drivers of hybrids as arrogant, trendy, greener-than-thou types who tend to flout their environmental consciousness as they proudly display the stickers on their cars
He also said that it’s “not surprising that the hybrid drivers are generating animosity” with their alleged slow-poke ways.
So remember everyone: Hybrids are bad. People who buy hybrids are arrogant pricks. You don’t need to feel guilty for driving a gas guzzler; to do otherwise would instantly make you into an asshole.