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CC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-18-07 12:48 AM
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3. I don't think the fuel savings is
worth your life. If you stay that close to a truck you will be in a big blind spot. You also won't have time to stop should the truck have to stop. Some truckers may get pissed but mainly because most would rather not kill someone even if it is the someone's fault.
Also will you save enough to cover a ticket for aggressive driving and following to close? Those are two traffic violations you can get.

Did they say how much you can save by slowing down and maintaining a steady speed?



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  -How to increase gas mileage by 39%, or why the truckers are going to be pissed krispos42  Jun-18-07 12:41 AM   #0 
  - Or: How you will be decapitated  Veganistan   Jun-18-07 12:45 AM   #1 
  - Way Too F*cking Dangerous  rwenos   Jun-18-07 01:38 AM   #11 
  - You Forgot Something, Though  ProfessorGAC   Jun-18-07 08:46 AM   #35 
  - And you're forgetting normal force.  Bornaginhooligan   Jun-18-07 10:41 AM   #61 
     - Sorry. That Defies The Laws Of Physics  ProfessorGAC   Jun-18-07 10:46 AM   #62 
     - Better check the laws of physics.  Bornaginhooligan   Jun-18-07 11:09 AM   #66 
     - Nope  ProfessorGAC   Jun-19-07 08:27 AM   #107 
        - Yes, grasshopper.  Bornaginhooligan   Jun-19-07 10:48 AM   #112 
           - You're Doing It Again  ProfessorGAC   Jun-19-07 10:52 AM   #113 
     - The force of friction is dependent on the mass of the truck  krispos42   Jun-18-07 11:28 AM   #67 
        - It Won't Have Twice The Braking Force, Though  ProfessorGAC   Jun-19-07 11:05 AM   #114 
           - And thus pesky reality intrudes :-)  krispos42   Jun-19-07 12:40 PM   #118 
              - Here's a interesting link on the topic  NoGOPZone   Jun-19-07 02:24 PM   #124 
     - I've seen trucks brake hard...  skids   Jun-19-07 06:26 AM   #105 
        - See My Post Above  ProfessorGAC   Jun-19-07 11:08 AM   #115 
  - And the OP is suggesting TEN FEET behind the truck for maximum fuel economy  kineta   Jun-19-07 11:12 AM   #116 
  - Well Then, That's The Ultimate Fuel Efficiency, Population Control  Yavin4   Jun-19-07 10:03 AM   #111 
  - I've been doing that for yrs when traveling long distance!  Breeze54   Jun-18-07 12:47 AM   #2 
  - I don't think the fuel savings is  CC   Jun-18-07 12:48 AM   #3 
  - No, but...  krispos42   Jun-18-07 01:03 AM   #6 
  - Not nearly as much!  dkofos   Jun-18-07 09:39 AM   #48 
  - It's a dangerous practice  Lorien   Jun-18-07 12:48 AM   #4 
  - You're not supposed to tailgate the truck.  Breeze54   Jun-18-07 12:52 AM   #5 
     - Driving 2-10 feet behind a truck is tailgating  Lorien   Jun-18-07 11:02 AM   #65 
        - I don't drive 10 feet behind any moving vehicle ever!  Breeze54   Jun-19-07 05:24 AM   #99 
        - I tailgate trucks at times  JustABozoOnThisBus   Jun-20-07 07:30 AM   #127 
  - Drafting will increase drag of trucker ahead of you  ngant17   Jun-18-07 01:10 AM   #7 
  - I'm sorry but......  michreject   Jun-18-07 07:45 AM   #28 
     - actually, drafting behind a similar shaped vehicle, helps  antifaschits   Jun-18-07 03:58 PM   #85 
        - not sure I follow this  ngant17   Jun-18-07 04:40 PM   #94 
           - In NASCAR races, ten cars can catch one if they team up.  cherokeeprogressive   Jun-18-07 04:47 PM   #95 
           - Drag on cars  VTMechEngr   Jun-18-07 04:49 PM   #96 
           - thanks, that explanation actually sounds reasonable  ngant17   Jun-18-07 04:57 PM   #97 
           - Lets put it this way.  skids   Jun-19-07 06:41 AM   #106 
  - Following distance too close. You can't stop in time.  Lex   Jun-18-07 01:15 AM   #8 
  - Mmmmm.... hot fresh axle...  krispos42   Jun-18-07 01:25 AM   #9 
  - cars stop a lot faster than trucks.  QuestionAll   Jun-18-07 01:32 AM   #10 
     - One second behind a big rig?  Lex   Jun-18-07 01:43 AM   #12 
        - i've never had a problem doing it.  QuestionAll   Jun-18-07 01:52 AM   #13 
        - You know, I'm putting you on ignore for this and this alone  kgfnally   Jun-18-07 02:15 AM   #19 
        - it's a very common practice in extremely rural areas.  QuestionAll   Jun-18-07 06:28 AM   #26 
           - following a big rig at 55 mph at 20ft  ProdigalJunkMail   Jun-18-07 08:11 AM   #29 
           - actually, no...  QuestionAll   Jun-18-07 08:40 AM   #33 
           - you still have that much time to react to the stop  ProdigalJunkMail   Jun-18-07 09:12 AM   #36 
              - i've been doing it for 20 years or so, my brother-in-law for 30...  QuestionAll   Jun-18-07 09:34 AM   #45 
                 - exactly.  antifaschits   Jun-18-07 04:06 PM   #87 
                    - because if and when you DO have a mishap  ProdigalJunkMail   Jun-18-07 04:34 PM   #90 
           - 20 ft? Pffft... 2 ft is the manly thing to do!  firefox_fan   Jun-18-07 09:44 AM   #51 
              - a WHOLE two feet? God, you're a pussy  Bucky   Jun-19-07 01:25 PM   #122 
           - Ignore the laws of physics and suffer the consequences  ISUGRADIA   Jun-18-07 08:30 AM   #31 
              - like the physics involved with the inertia of a huge truck...?  QuestionAll   Jun-18-07 08:42 AM   #34 
                 - That's true. Trucks cannot stop very fast.  firefox_fan   Jun-18-07 09:51 AM   #57 
                 - True, but that trucks not gonna keep moving forward too long if he  TheFriendlyAnarchist   Jun-19-07 06:08 AM   #103 
                 - Are you saying  ISUGRADIA   Jun-18-07 09:57 AM   #59 
                    - I think the poster was saying the following...  firefox_fan   Jun-18-07 01:46 PM   #79 
                       - The car has a superior deceleration curve  krispos42   Jun-19-07 05:34 AM   #100 
        - Aye! If anyone here has been killed doing this, let them speak up!  Random_Australian   Jun-18-07 03:03 AM   #23 
           - Think about a turkey  AngryAmish   Jun-18-07 09:29 AM   #40 
        - Well, the 'safe' distance is 2 seconds or more  krispos42   Jun-18-07 02:01 AM   #15 
  - No thanks.  impeachdubya   Jun-18-07 01:54 AM   #14 
  - LOL - Jeebus! I'm already paralyzed - you want me brain dead too?  Rosemary2205   Jun-18-07 02:05 AM   #16 
  - You just need a big honkin' piece of Detroit iron like I have  krispos42   Jun-18-07 02:09 AM   #17 
     - Even my Econoline flaps around.  Rosemary2205   Jun-18-07 02:15 AM   #18 
        - Econoline... too much sail area  krispos42   Jun-18-07 11:34 AM   #69 
  - This was common when I was a kid in the early 50s taking Route 66 to LA.  TahitiNut   Jun-18-07 02:18 AM   #20 
  - This is not a safe practice. It would only be safe if vehicles were driven by computers.  Selatius   Jun-18-07 02:23 AM   #21 
  - I'm all for fuel efficiency.  fasttense   Jun-18-07 02:52 AM   #22 
  - This works quite well, is quite dangerous, and you have to keep your eye  greyhound1966   Jun-18-07 03:25 AM   #24 
  - Your radiator fan would kick on  DS1   Jun-18-07 04:04 PM   #86 
     - 90%? You made that statistic up!  mainegreen   Jun-19-07 05:53 AM   #102 
  - `No, thank you. I'd like to stay in one piece and live to be real old.  Hekate   Jun-18-07 03:26 AM   #25 
  - I think there are enough dangerous acts on Highways...  rasputin1952   Jun-18-07 06:55 AM   #27 
  - Remember Jayne Mansfield??? Great way to save gas, just don't  blondeatlast   Jun-18-07 08:25 AM   #30 
  - This is a terribly irresponsible post. How many accidents are caused by tailgating every year?  Matsubara   Jun-18-07 08:33 AM   #32 
  - I didn't do the research, nor did I advocate for it  krispos42   Jun-19-07 05:43 AM   #101 
     - You say you are not advocating, but then you say "try it yourself".  Matsubara   Jun-19-07 06:13 AM   #104 
        - I think it has been explained pretty thoroghly....  krispos42   Jun-19-07 12:22 PM   #117 
           - I'm the guy who always leaves the 1 second per 10 mph gap - ALWAYS.  Matsubara   Jun-19-07 12:55 PM   #119 
              - One second per 10 MPH gap?  krispos42   Jun-19-07 01:15 PM   #120 
                 - Actually, I'm just guessing. I am always sure to keep at least a car length per 10 mph.  Matsubara   Jun-19-07 01:22 PM   #121 
                    - Same thing, different method  krispos42   Jun-20-07 04:40 AM   #125 
  - I'll pass.  Midlodemocrat   Jun-18-07 09:16 AM   #37 
  - I did it once, when I was young and stupid  Atman   Jun-18-07 09:17 AM   #38 
  - Yup, me too when I was 18 and thought I was immortal  Connonym   Jun-19-07 09:52 AM   #110 
  - No thanks.  lonestarnot   Jun-18-07 09:18 AM   #39 
  - Post this in the "Too stupid to live" file  AngryAmish   Jun-18-07 09:30 AM   #41 
  - Well, look at it this way, you can't hit one very hard with only a 20-foot run at it  ThomWV   Jun-18-07 09:32 AM   #42 
  - If I had someone riding my ass for 10, 12, 14 hours each day  flvegan   Jun-18-07 09:33 AM   #43 
  - I prefer living over gaining mpg  tammywammy   Jun-18-07 09:33 AM   #44 
  - What a weird comment!  firefox_fan   Jun-18-07 09:42 AM   #50 
     - Following too closely to a truck is dangerous  tammywammy   Jun-18-07 09:45 AM   #52 
        - Sorry, I was kidding. What is weird is  firefox_fan   Jun-18-07 09:48 AM   #54 
        - Oh, okay  tammywammy   Jun-18-07 09:51 AM   #56 
        - You contradict youself there  krispos42   Jun-18-07 11:50 AM   #72 
           - Any vehicle that follows too closely to a truck  tammywammy   Jun-18-07 11:56 AM   #74 
              - Just what I mean  krispos42   Jun-18-07 12:14 PM   #77 
  - I do it all the time and I usually get a 25% - 30% increase.  dkofos   Jun-18-07 09:36 AM   #46 
  - My hope is that people who do this to save gas...  Balbus   Jun-18-07 09:37 AM   #47 
  - All the savings would go to pay for increased auto insurance  firefox_fan   Jun-18-07 09:41 AM   #49 
  - Another "stupid idea department" post. There's already too much in the way of poor driving on the  LibInTexas   Jun-18-07 09:46 AM   #53 
  - I think the BEST savings scenario is to stay just behind a truck while  firefox_fan   Jun-18-07 09:49 AM   #55 
     - LOL  tammywammy   Jun-18-07 09:52 AM   #58 
     - One Right Behind You Too  ProfessorGAC   Jun-18-07 09:58 AM   #60 
        - You'd be hovering! Cool!  firefox_fan   Jun-18-07 01:39 PM   #78 
  - "Just put that hammer down and give it hell!"  wicket   Jun-18-07 10:55 AM   #63 
  - I used to do this on my motorcycle  Phx_Dem   Jun-18-07 10:58 AM   #64 
  - As a former tractor trailer driver of 20 + years driving, here are a few hazards not mentioned  A HERETIC I AM   Jun-18-07 11:31 AM   #68 
  - HERETIC makes very good points here!  liam_laddie   Jun-18-07 11:46 AM   #71 
  - Cruise Control on big trucks;  A HERETIC I AM   Jun-18-07 12:09 PM   #76 
  - The tire thing was in the same episode  krispos42   Jun-18-07 11:52 AM   #73 
  - Cool! Now We Just Gotta Get The Message Out To The Truckers To Do 75-80 So I Can Get Behind Them!  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Jun-18-07 11:38 AM   #70 
  - And Mythbusters also proved how freaking idiotic it was.  rinsd   Jun-18-07 11:58 AM   #75 
  - Yep, but the OP couldn't be bothered even thought they virtually said it  blondeatlast   Jun-18-07 04:23 PM   #89 
  - Ten feet behind a truck? Not for me  NoGOPZone   Jun-18-07 02:26 PM   #80 
  - Cool CFD simulation of drafting racers  entanglement   Jun-18-07 03:12 PM   #81 
  - Does Mythbusters point out  yella_dawg   Jun-18-07 03:18 PM   #82 
  - can you blame them for screwing with so-called drafters?  pitohui   Jun-18-07 03:38 PM   #83 
  - They covered the fact that it was monumentally stupid.  blondeatlast   Jun-18-07 03:50 PM   #84 
  - Tend to agree BUT  VTMechEngr   Jun-18-07 04:58 PM   #98 
  - 55 mph = 80 feet per second  muriel_volestrangler   Jun-18-07 04:22 PM   #88 
  - I don't know about you, my reaction time is much faster than 1.25 seconds  DS1   Jun-19-07 08:41 AM   #108 
     - As I said, that's for the '100 feet back'  muriel_volestrangler   Jun-19-07 09:39 AM   #109 
  - Cars already try to drive under trucks  focusfan   Jun-18-07 04:35 PM   #91 
  - great, this thread opens up fun from the "fuck everyone else, I want my mpg" crowd  ComerPerro   Jun-18-07 04:36 PM   #92 
  - Fuck that. I'd rather deal with a state trooper than an angry trucker.  Rex   Jun-18-07 04:37 PM   #93 
  - No thanks. I'd rather spend the extra nickel and see America on the open road...  KansDem   Jun-19-07 01:28 PM   #123 
  - It's already started. I had a guy tailgating me 50 miles down I-65  B Calm   Jun-20-07 05:56 AM   #126 
     - not worth it to me  Smooth Operator   Jun-20-07 09:07 AM   #128 
 

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