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My Greatest Fear #3: Getting Hit by a Prius

Getting hit by any kind of car has always been one of my biggest fears, but the idea of getting hit by this specific model is even more terrifying.

A few months ago, at my old work location, this fear really brought itself to the surface when one of my managers who owns a Prius pulled into the parking lot one morning.

Lost in my own world and trying to make sure I’d grabbed my purse, coffee, and phone before heading inside, I didn’t even notice the presence of another car in the parking lot until after he had parked. The engine on the Prius is so quiet that I hadn’t even heard it pull up.

This realization of just how quiet the car is when running, combined with the fact that I’m often not paying the most attention while walking through parking lots (on more than one occasion, friends have had to pull me back by the arm or my shirt when stepping off the curb to prevent me from getting hit by cars) makes me really fear getting hit by any of the hybrid vehicles with super quiet motors.

And, on an old episode of Top Gear, I remember one of the hosts making a similar complaint/statement about how quiet these cars are, and the possibility of unsuspecting people being hit by them. I searched for the actual quote or a video of the original statement, but thus far my search has turned up nothing.

I have nothing against hybrids– in fact, I almost purchased one a few years ago when I was in the market for a new car– but with more of the super quiet vehicles being on the road, my heart sometimes skips a beat and I’ll have some shortness of breath when I see one on the road. With hybrids becoming more popular, I really need to figure out a way to overcome this fear, or at least start paying attention when walking in parking lots or crossing busy streets.

Am I the only one out there with this specific fear, or are there others who share this one with me?


Responses (3)

  1. This is awesome! Made me laugh. 🙂

  2. My fear is getting hit by a Mini Cooper. I hate Mini Coopers so much, and the thought of potentially killing me… I can’t even think about it.

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