Originally Posted by Tainok
Ever do REAL stop and go traffic? I mean, full stop, then 10MPH, then full stop, then 30MPH for 20 seconds, full stop, 15MPH, full stop, 10MPH, 40MPH, 60MPH, ah crap full stop.
Repeat for an hour or two.
You'll be 'fatigued'.
I live in a Washington, D.C. suburb and daily drive the Beltway (ranked 4th in nation as worst congested traffic) . YES I have done REAL stop and go.
I think everyone here is missing kremtok's post
Originally Posted by kremtok
OK folks, 2008 Blue Toyota Prius owner and trained casualty investigator here to set a few things straight.
1. The car WILL shift into neutral at speed. This is preferable to cutting the engine because, like on any car, you will still have hydraulic power to the brakes beyond what is stored in the accumulator.
2. The 2008 Prius uses electrically-assisted power steering. Cutting all power to the car would remove the power steering, but at moderate to highway speeds, any car would still be controllable, including the Prius.
3. This car was not recalled as a part of the recent 'sudden acceleration' problem. The November recall was because floormats were sticking the accelerator, which in my admittedly biased yet perhaps more qualified view is more operator error than design flaw. Whether you drive a Prius or an old Willys Jeep, please don't put the floor mat on top of the throttle.
This is what I am assuming actually happened. And I have had it happen to me in my Jeep Cherokee with cheap universal floor mats. Mat rode up and got caught underneath my gas pedal. Did I panick? No. Just push clutch in (manual ftw.) and as some have mentioned, just put your foot behind the pedal and pull it out.