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Click & Clack Talk Cars “The Tappet Brothers’’ By Ray Magliozzi Slow and Steady winS the PriuS race BY RAY MAGLIOZZI by accelerating very gently, Do Prius owners really think they can coax their mileage up they need to set the (slow) from 53.8 mpg to 54.1 mpg. That makes them feel good. pace for everyone else? So they learn to feather that Very often, at the head of a gas pedal and take 25 seconds line of slow-moving vehicles is to get from 0-60 while you’re a Prius, or one will pull out in cursing at them through your front of another car and slow windshield. down every car behind it. Dear Car Talk: It’s not that the Prius can’t Is it because the car cannot accelerate. It will accelerate accelerate, or is it because the like pretty much any other car owners of that particular car if you put your foot down. feel the need to control others? And it’s not that they feel a -- Susan need to be controlling. They’re I don’t think it’s either one, just pursuing their personal Susan. goal of maximizing their We know a famous mileage -- because they care researcher named Dr. David about it, and they’re constantly Giovannoni. We call him measuring it. Dr. Joe Baloney. He once Likewise, if you measured your explained to us that humans blood pressure, Susan, you’d (and organizations) achieve probably find that it goes up when what they measure. you’re stuck behind a Prius. So, for instance, if you want If you took a few deep to lose weight, what would you breaths and said to yourself, do? Well, you might cut out “How nice, there’s a person sweets, drink water instead who cares about the planet of soda and maybe start to and is making the world a exercise (Note: we’re talking better place by wasting less about you, not me). fuel,” you’d see your blood Then you’d get on a scale. pressure go down. And if the number on the scale Then you’d throw the blood was lower than it was the pressure monitor out the window week before, you’d keep doing and pass the Prius with a few those things, because you’d choice hand gestures. know they’re working. *** You achieve what you Got a question about cars? measure. Write to Ray in care of King Now, who buys a Toyota Features, 628 Virginia Drive, Prius? Someone who wants Orlando, FL 32803, or email by to get better gas mileage than visiting the Car Talk website at the rest of us mortals. And www.cartalk.com. guess what a big screen on the *** dashboard of the Prius does? It (c) 2019 by Ray Magliozzi measures mileage. Constantly. and Doug Berman By watching the numbers Distributed by King Features change on that screen, Prius drivers learn very quickly that Syndicate, Inc.