I watched it! I know we gotta say it and they gotta say it over and over again for liability reasons... but what so dangerous about drafting semis 50-100 feet? That is the distance most motorists are behind other vehicles. Don't truckers have twice the braking distance cars do? I wouldn't want the semi to be drafting me though!
I'm trying to say what if you are drafting but NOT tailgating?
In traffic, the trucker wouldn't notice, because you are just one of the hundreds of cars around him. In less traffic, if I wanted to draft, if i don't TAILGATE, but still am behind him, and I stay in his vision and pay real good attention to see if he doesn't want me there... thats when I would draft.
PS: Read that trucker forum link. "hand full of marbels" lol
85 Chevrolet. 30 MPG or bust!
I drafted a semi home last night and the FE was awesome, so I did it again this morning. Its all about finding a good one and hitching a ride. I didn't ride his arse, although I tested it out and the FE gains are enormous huge!
I didn't watch the show, but knowing mythbusters they used a gas guzzler un aerodynamic 80's ford or so? I figured the gains would be less in a more aero car like my RSX but my scangauge easily showed a 1LHK difference when I pulled out of teh draft which equates to about a 16.7% difference at the rate I was getting!
Drafting works. I found out last week while towing a trailer, you can get pretty far back and still feel the positive effects. However, if you get too close and a tire explodes... good luck to ya.
Also, as mentioned before, rock chips in paitn and glass are a PITA.
They are also testing a truck's trailer tire exploding, causing injury to a driver behind it "myth". Although, I dont know how thats a myth. Itll be interesting to see what they say. Ive seen blown tires turn DOT bumpers into pretzels, I have no doubt about it coming through a windsheild.
I once talked to a former truck driver about this. One time, he was in Texas, and he saw in his mirror that he blew a retread. He said that in Texas, they would NAIL you if the cops caught you leaving an alligator on the highway. So, he pulled over and went back to get it, and he found a station wagon stopped a little after where his tire blew up. What do you know...the alligator went through the windshield, went right beside the guy's head (I think that it actually scratched him), and went through the rear window. He said that if the guy had been a couple of inches over, he would have killed him.