I swear, I'm surrounded by idiots! When I drove my old personaly-owned vehicle (3/4 ton Chevy diesel truck), people didn't crowd me or drive like maniacs to get around me. And I usually drove the speed limit or just a hair over. When I drive my work vehicle (police vehicle), I could be going 5mph BELOW the posted speed limit and no one will come near me. I have the plauge, apparently. When I drive my Prius at 5-10 mph OVER the speed limit, I'll have idiots running right up on my bumper, flooring it to pass, cutting me off, and generally acting like road monkeys. Most of the time they race around me just to hit the brakes for slower traffic ahead, a stop light, or God-knows-what... and inevitably all this lunacy is so they can get in front of me and then turn off at the next road. Today this woman in an extended cab Chevy truck was riding my azz (I was going 35 in a 30) and was so desperate to get around me that she pulled into the next lane and then immediately cut back in, forcing me to hit the brakes. I honked & waved my fist, but she ignored me. Traffic was fairly heavy all around, and her aggressive driving got her a car's length advantage for the next 3 miles, when she finally turned off. I swear, if I had been in the cruiser I would have pulled her over and kept her on the side of the road for 20 minutes while I ran every check I could think about! People just don't think. They have a sense of invunerability when they are behind the wheel of that SUV, and they drive like they are linebackers. I've pulled many people over who were driving aggressively and their demeanur always changes to one of a 5-year-old with his hand caught in the cookie jar. "What? Oh, I was? Geez, I'm so sorry! I didn't realize. I'm just running a little late today" I pulled over a 20-somthing girl once that I saw cut someone else off, then flip them the bird after they slammed their brakes on and honked. When I talked to her, you would have thought I had stopped a nun on her way to the orphanage! I'm suprised more people don't get shot due to road-rage. It's not the Prius's fault. I could be going faster than I would be in my truck or police cruiser and they still see me as an obstruction. I think because it's such a little car, people see it as something they need to race past and "conquer". Anyway, there's not much we can do about the idiots who want to drive that way. I'll still keep lighting them up when I can, and shaking my head at them when I'm off-duty. Can't wait until some idiot decides he's going to force me to the side of the road and chew my azz out for not driving 20-30 mph over the limit like is trying to do!