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Old 04-26-2014, 12:23 PM   #11
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Remember, if you can't see their side mirrors, they can't see you...and you want to be seen when behind a tractor trailer lol
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Old 04-26-2014, 07:19 PM   #12
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Remember, if you can't see their side mirrors, they can't see you...and you want to be seen when behind a tractor trailer lol


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I have been around the transport industry for most of my working life
They can turn our little piss cutters into a flattened out soup can without much effort or damage to themselves

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Old 04-26-2014, 07:42 PM   #13
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While driving my wife's '66 Mustang on a trip I stayed behind a semi for the fuel mileage. I did not tailgate. I just travelled behind the truck about 1 1/2 seconds behind it. Highway Patrol usually recommends a 2 second interval but I don't think I would have got a ticket if I passed a cop. On that trip at 70 mph I gained another 4-5 mpg while staying back from the truck, so if you do a LOT of highway driving at 70 or so I would say it will add up and be worth while, as long as you don't get up close and stay safe.


As a footnote, your focus is more aerodynamic than my wife's Mustang though.


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Old 04-27-2014, 03:02 AM   #14
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ever seen what a semi tire coming apart does to the front of a car? I did this one time years ago, when cars actually had bumpers yet, and the tire on the trailer let loose. lets just say you don't have time to have an oh shit moment or avoid.
I lost the bumper, nose, hood, and radiator in the middle of nowhere oklahoma thanks to a tire going.
Take a look at the size of tire chunks laying along the road, then think, I'm in a friggin focus...what would happen at 75?
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A lot of Trucks are starting to run "Super Singles" instead of dual tires for fuel economy.

Imagine that "Gator" is twice the width.

Avoid the blind spots & don't stay nearby longer than needed for passing. Drivers know that if something breaks or they have to swerve & someone is where they couldn't see them the results aren't pretty. One reason Trucks seldom change lanes fast - when doing it slow there's more time for reactions (theirs & cars) and things become visible while moving you couldn't see before.
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Eh... Mythbusters....or slaves to BP? Anyway, that's my opinion.

I've noticed moderate gains like those mentioned above following a respectable 2-4 car length distance behind a rig. Its that turbulent air thing. When I was younger and dumber, I got so close to a rig's back bumper in the RX7 that I was able to put the car in neutral and the force of the air circling around and pushing on the back of the trailer kept me there. Even though I was dumb enough to try it, I was not dumb enough to stay there for more than a few minutes.

In all my travels on the road, it never seems like I can find a rig that is going A) at the same speed I want to go, B) stays on the highway as long as I want to. I really don't like following rigs when it's raining.

I have seen the "super singles" gators in Memphis. I do not want to experience one of those being thrown at me. It seems dumb though. Porsche proved that dual wheels offer more traction than singles.
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I have seen the "super singles" gators in Memphis. I do not want to experience one of those being thrown at me. It seems dumb though. Porsche proved that dual wheels offer more traction than singles.
One super single weighs less than 2 combined , add that up over all the axles
A super single tire is cheaper to purchase than the two singles combined to make up a dual
However a blowout on a super single can easily damage the rim and there is no limping in off the road
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Stuck where it blows is the worst part IMHO.

Weight & rolling resistance is the attraction Alex, the 2 sidewalls instead of 4 flexing makes a difference.
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I have a Scangauge that tells real time MPG, I tried the drafting a truck thing for only 10 seconds at best and it really does help with MPG. I've seen a momentary "50, 60, 74 MPG", the closer I get the more the MPG goes up, and with the turbulence goes up. I definitely wouldn't drive for miles on end doing that, let alone a 30 seconds.

Driving at 60 rather than 65 makes a huge difference on MPG on a long road trip, I've done that before.
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I am under the opinion that gaining a few mpg is not worth the cost of of life/limb/car damage. I dont know how fast every ones reaction time is but after being hit on the highway myself, I dont want to experience that again. I aim to keep more than a safe distance as often as I can. I was lucky as I was only lightly banged up and the car took most of the damage. I dont want to imagine what a semi would do to my focus, I was hit by a pickup and he sent me flying.

Also, most accidents where some one rear ends someone else, they usually cite the person with failure to remain a safe distance. The two second rule is equal to about one car length for every 5mph you are traveling. So be safe out there folks
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