I drove a Ford Focus all winter in Florida, drove it down there from Vermont and left it there so I can fly back and forth from now on and have a vehicle to use down there.
I sold Mike's full size Chevy van and our Ford Taurus X. A little Ford Focus is a much more practical car for me in size and economy of gas consumption.
Now that I am home in Vermont, I am back to driving my Toyota Prius, also a practical size and economical on the fuel.
The thing is I am having to learn to drive the Prius all over again.
So in some ways the car is helpful. If I miss a step in the start up sequence a correction flashes on the screen. If I leave my bag with the key in it too long after shutting down--beeps and another helpful reminder that the key is detected inside the car. Beeps and CAPS and !!!! and orange warning triangles...nice that it is helpful but I wish it wasn't so snarky about it. Stop yelling at me!
The windshield wipers are on when the lever is up on the Prius, down on the Focus. Cruise control on right versus left, radios controls on left versus right, and on and on. They are both automatic transmissions, but the way the gear lever works is different on the Prius.
The learning curve should even out quickly though.
And then there are the studded snow tires which I could not get an appointment to change out until May 20. Although it is 33 degrees here this morning...
BTW, the Prius hybrid is giving a minor challenge to Subaru as the official car of Vermont.