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So to celebrate above-freezing weather (finally!) in Minnesota, I took my new Prius to the local car wash - one of those where a conveyor belt moves your car through it.
The guy says to me "We've been having trouble with Prius drivers. Do you know how to put your car into neutral?"
"Of course!" I say indignantly.
"Show me - put it into neutral." So I moved the little stick to the middle left. "Now take your foot off the break", he says. I did, and the car moved forward. It was still in drive.
I tried it again, and still the car moved forward when I took my foot off the break. Very sheepish look on my face now.
So he says "I think the trick is that you have to move it to the neutral position and hold it there several seconds."
So I tried that, and sure enough, that is what it took to get it into neutral. A lesson learned. I guess Prius drivers don't have much cause to put their cars into neutral. Try this out before you drive into a car wash!!
By the way, does anyone know where the Low Tire Pressure indicator is?