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jst5150
05-01-2008, 10:57 PM
I'd love to see the F350 drafting a Honda Fit ...
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080430/od_nm/hypermiling_dc



Known as 'hypermiling,' the method can double gas mileage, even in gas-guzzling vehicles that would normally get less than 20 mpg.

Promoted on a growing number of Web sites, hypermiling includes pumping up tires to the maximum rating on their sidewalls, which may be higher than levels recommended in car manuals; using engine oil of a low viscosity, and the controversial practice of drafting behind other vehicles on the highway to reduce aerodynamic drag -- a practice begun a few years ago by truck drivers.

Shadow_Ferret
05-02-2008, 12:26 AM
A few years ago?

They've been doing that for decades. Ever see Convoy?

And I always draft. I pull right in about 10 feet of the semi and coast.

However, I think over inflating your tires only ruins them and gives you bad traction for when you need to make an emergency stop because you're only 10 feet off the back bumper of a semi.

MadScientistMatt
05-02-2008, 02:21 AM
I've been commuting on my motorcycle (http://motorcycle4amonth.blogspot.com) instead. I don't think I'll ever see 55 sustained mpg with my Corvette, but that's routine for my Suzuki.

DWSTXS
05-02-2008, 02:48 AM
in my (much) younger days, I drafted off the back of semi's a couple of times, when I was on my motorcycle. We thought it was fun, but that's how it is when you're young, dumb, and full o' ***.