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Old 10-25-2005, 01:13 AM   #1
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Drafting

Proven to work remarkably well but I didn't see much discussion on its use.

There are drawbacks:
It pisses some truckers off.
You have to be hyper alert because room for reaction is minimal.
In high ambient heat + long duration situations, the reduction of airflow over the radiator can lead to increased operating temperatures.
Legality varies from state to state (tailgating type of laws).
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Old 10-25-2005, 10:23 AM   #2
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Were is the best place to

Were is the best place to draft a truck? How close? I have tried it a few times but it seems tike turbulent air from underneath the truck hits me. Oh, and its crazy dangerous I wouldn't recomend it.
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yeah if you want to die.

yeah if you want to die.
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Old 10-25-2005, 05:46 PM   #4
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Re: yeah if you want to die.

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I agree. Drafting off of the cement divider would be safer!

I used to be a Paramedic, and the "bumper" on the back of truck trailers is poorly designed and can basically become a decapitation device because it's too high. Trust me on this one. Not a good idea.

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Old 10-25-2005, 07:07 PM   #5
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and I thought you guys were

and I thought you guys were serious about increasing mpg....wussies

in all seriousness, yes...there are safety considerations.


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Old 10-25-2005, 09:00 PM   #6
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I considered drafting for

I considered drafting for about 3 seconds on my most recent trip to Vegas. Then I realized that losing my head a day before my wedding was a very bad idea.

Instead I just drove 65mph the entire way and semi trucks ended up passing me.
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Old 12-23-2005, 07:07 PM   #7
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i've been toying with this a

i've been toying with this a little bit, mainly on my long uphill drive home. Almost always trucks in the evening (making runs to Arizona). Of course, being a 91, my truck can't be monitored for mpg's at a specific time, but i'll be darned if i don't have to back off the throttle once i get into the 'sweet spot'

I have noticed that the trucks don't seem to like it though, not sure why really, wonder if i actually can hide myself completely behind some of them. he he.

Also, seems to work best on square trucks, not the kind that haul sand/rocks etc.
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The only time I follow

The only time I follow truckers is if I'm at least 2-3 cars back. The only benifit is I'm going slower and getting more mpg.

Drafting will give a huge boost in mpg but it is unsafe. Same thing as pumping up the tires too much.
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Re: Were is the best place to

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Were is the best place to draft a truck? How close?
Yeah, how close do you have to be to see a difference? Is it dependant on MPH?
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I read somewere on the net

I read somewere on the net that 2.5 seconds back is the best spot. That seems really far to me (but at least its safer).
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