Tallahassee Teaches Teens on Toyota Hybrids

Frank Williams
by Frank Williams
tallahassee teaches teens on toyota hybrids

In 2002, Leon County (Florida) commissioners passed an ordinance earmarking three dollars from every traffic ticket for driver-education programs. This year, educators got $230k to spend on teaching the next generation how to navigate our roadways. They spent the money on salaries for one full-time and one part-time teacher and cars for the county's five high schools. But Tallahassee.com reports they didn't buy just any cars– they bought a fleet of Toyota Priora. You have to wonder how the students will react going from one of those with its video game dashboard and engine cut-off back to the family chariot where they actually have to learn to read an instrument cluster and listen to the engine idle.

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  • Offroadinfrontier Offroadinfrontier on Feb 01, 2008

    I hope the money is spent wisely. The course I took here in TX was beyond laughable. I knew more walking in than I could have learned if they tried. My 14 hours of driving/observing consisted of running errands for the "instructors," and no, I'm not joking. Our final consisted of 20 multiple-choice questions on sign meanings - yes, sign meanings. Imagine a Stop sign, Yield sign, Watch for ICE on Bridge sign, etc. Drivers Education in TX is sad. It shows, too. I don't really care what my future kid/chilren learn in (assuming that it's a relatively safe vehicle, of course) as long as they LEARN. Needless to say, I'll probably be teaching my kid/s on my own. As far as the electric nannies go, as much as I might disagree with learning in such a situation, at least the safety systems protect the freshman drivers. Also, this will be mandatory in just a few years anyway - NOT to say that people shouldn't learn to drive without the assistance, but it is a relief to know that the setup they will learn on will be used in the future. Of course, the car I taught myself to drive in correctly happens to be a RWD 5sp 80's 300ZX with no ABS - best way to learn in my book.

  • Mirko Reinhardt Mirko Reinhardt on Feb 02, 2008

    I still think everybody, unless he is missing an arm, a leg or both, should learn to drive in a manual transmission car. Learning to drive in an automatic is like learning to read with a comic book.

  • ZoomZoom ZoomZoom on Feb 03, 2008

    Unless they changed the rules while I wasn't looking, Prius owners usually refer to the plural as "Prii" (pronounced "Pre-eye"). I don't think Toyota gave us any guidelines; there's nothing in my owner's manual on proper spelling of the plural. But I kind of like "Priora." It has a nice sound; much better than "Prium" or "Pria" or the absolute worst, "Priuses"....

  • ZoomZoom ZoomZoom on Feb 03, 2008

    Oops, forgot to actually discuss the article! I don't object to driver's ed teaching on a Prius. But I also agree that everybody should learn on a stick, which is not available on the Prius. And for a local government to consider purchasing Prius for it's driver training courses, I think that's a good idea. There ARE Prius taxicabs and police cars (community relations officers). It's a great car for heavy stop/go driving. In fact, I'm curious as to why the Postal Service doesn't employ them!