I knew it was a hybrid. I just didnâ€™t care.
Saving money in a hybrid is mostly a matter of with fulfillment: you want better mileage, so you drive differently than you normally would. Instead of burning rubber, you take off slowly, allowing the electric motor to accelerate the car at a rate slow enough to allow you to finish your morning cup of tea before reaching the nearest intersection.
On the highway, you avoid the passing lanes and go with the slow flow. If you have to change lanes, you wait till there is an opening rather than hitting the accelerator and jumping into a small, moving slot. All the while, you are watching a luminous dial by the speedometer giving you a second by second reading of your gasoline miles per gallon â€“ and you really, really like the number to be north of 50. Itâ€™s a sensible, safe, self-taught, economic way to drive â€“ but only if you are in the mood to be sensible, safe, and economic.