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Does driving behind someone improve MPG?
Driver feedback devices can help you drive more efficiently. A recent study suggests that they can help the average driver improve fuel economy by about 3\% and that those using them to save fuel can improve gas mileage by about 10\%. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.
How close do you need to be to a truck to draft?
It depends on what you consider “a good distance.” Drafting requires you to follow 100ft or less behind a semi which is considered an unsafe distance at highway speeds.
How much gas do you save driving behind a truck?
Tailgating, or drafting, is the technique of driving very closely behind a semi-trailer truck in order to reduce the air resistance and save fuel. According to a Mythbusters episode, “Big rigs: Drafting for money”, it is possible to save up to 40\% of fuel when driving behind a semi truck at 55 mph (89 km/h).
Do trucks have a large blind spot?
A commercial motor vehicle has large blind spots around all four sides. Take extra care in passing and being passed by large trucks and buses. Large vehicles need longer following distance to see vehicles behind them.
How does a truck driver’s driving habits affect fuel mileage?
There are various ways that a truckers driving habits can directly affect fuel mileage and fuel efficiency. Fuel economy has been shown to vary wildly depending on the skill of the driver. Many companies offer fuel bonuses, in the form of cash or prizes, for truck drivers that achieve certain levels of efficiency.
Why is it dangerous to drive directly behind a large vehicle?
Because other drivers tend to pull behind large vehicles before trying to pass them. C. Because following too closely will get you caught in the vehicle’s slipstream. Drivers of trucks, buses, vans, and any vehicles pulling campers or trailers may not be able to see you if you are driving directly behind them.
Why do people draft in front of trucks?
The science behind drafting, she explains, is closely related to why driving slower saves you energy. “Basically, you have less air resistance in front of your car if a big truck has already passed through the air and your car is in the tunnel or ‘slipstream’ behind it,” she writes.
What happens if you drive too closely to a moving vehicle?
C. Because following too closely will get you caught in the vehicle’s slipstream. Drivers of trucks, buses, vans, and any vehicles pulling campers or trailers may not be able to see you if you are driving directly behind them. Increase your following distance when driving behind one of these vehicles.