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Old 05-31-2007, 09:59 PM   #1
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Arrow MythBusters: Does Drafting Semis Improve Fuel Economy?

If I heard the commercial right, next Wednesday's (6-6-2007) show will cover whether or not drafting a semi improves your car's FE.
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:06 PM   #2
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If I heard the commercial right, next Wednesday's (6-6-2007) show will cover whether or not drafting a semi improves your car's FE.
should be nice. They've done a number of shows on fuel economy in the past. I think I'll set the DVR to record this one.
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You heard correct. Now the wait for the "scientific" approach.
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If I heard the commercial right, next Wednesday's (6-6-2007) show will cover whether or not drafting a semi improves your car's FE.
Yay! I love that show! Though I sometimes doubt their methods
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I hope they use a grapling hook....but wait, what'll they blow up?
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If I put my hand out of the window, drafting a lorry (semi), then the wind slows down a lot compared to driving on the open road. This is when following from many car lengths behind. Slower wind = less resistance = better economy, as far as I am concerned

Can someone youtube this - for us people not in the US who don't want to wait months to see it
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You heard correct. Now the wait for the "scientific" approach.
I have to agree with you. Their scientific methods are often questionable.

it's still entertaining.
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I hope they use a grapling hook....but wait, what'll they blow up?
I'm certain that they will in fact draft so extremely close that the following vehicle should not be able to adequately cool itself - but much to Adams dismay, nothing will explode.
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its def. a true fact....drafting works.....but again...mythbusters uses a set criteria so it may be a lil' goofy....like they'll prob. try and show that you have to draft within 10 feet of the rig....but we'll see....I know it works but'll be cool to see how much?
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Drafting might work if you want to drive the same speed as the truck, and you don't mind rock chips.

Where I live, trucks drive much slower than cars. I want to get where I'm going eventually.

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