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Old 12-15-2009, 05:14 PM   #1
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Question Question for truckers



Do you mind people driving close behind the trailer?

I commute 110km one way and I can get 5L/100km following at 3-5m behind. But I have a feeling the truckers get mad...

Obviously the drive is a little more stressful cause you have to be really careful.
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:22 PM   #2
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If you can't see the mirrors they can't see you. Also one of the dumbest things you can do.
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Old 12-15-2009, 05:33 PM   #3
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Do you mind people driving close behind the trailer?

I commute 110km one way and I can get 5L/100km following at 3-5m behind. But I have a feeling the truckers get mad...

Obviously the drive is a little more stressful cause you have to be really careful.
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Old 12-15-2009, 06:33 PM   #4
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I dont understand the point. I only tailgate truckers (and by tailgate i mean keep 6-9M back) because truckers usually cruise at 105-110 or so, so i can turn the cruise control on behind them and go back to smoking. Tailgating any closer than that is always retarded, if for no other reason then the salt/rocks kicked up by the wheels will come smashing into your front end.
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Old 12-15-2009, 06:50 PM   #5
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lol you save gas.. and how do you knnow this? have you recorded it?
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Old 12-15-2009, 06:56 PM   #6
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I commute 110km one way and I can get 5L/100km following at 3-5m behind. But I have a feeling the truckers get mad...

Obviously the drive is a little more stressful cause you have to be really careful.

So you are one of those drivers?! Please don't do that. It's very annoying, unsafe, and looks stupid to other drivers.

Your front end must be beat up from all the stones.
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Old 12-15-2009, 07:03 PM   #7
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The biggest danger is a blowout on the trailer.
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Old 12-15-2009, 07:37 PM   #8
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I saw it on Mythbusters - you do save gas, but it's exponentially more risky. Collisions cost a lot more than another L/100km on the highway.
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:39 PM   #9
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Flavu man, i didnt expect you doing this crap!
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:40 PM   #10
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lets say you drive 100 kms a day to and from work. And you save 1 litre of gas when you tail gate a trunk. Will assume its a perfect set of cirucmstances each day. so each day for a year, you save 1 litre of gas. This is a savings of almost 365$ a year. Not bad eh?

Then on your second year, half way through the year, a trucks tire blows out, and hits your windshield, or damages your car. And lets assume that the damage is about 1000$.

You haven't net any savings.

You put your self in a high risk situation, the odds are stacked against you. Where if you drive normally, they are not.

true, you could just be driving along and bam you get into accident. That happens. The probabilty of that happening to the tail gater is the same though + the added risk of tail gating a truck. So its alot higher.
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:54 PM   #11
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i've driven truck for the last 5 yrs... the only time i don't love when someone is tailgaiting me is when i can't tell if it's a cop or not... otherwise, tail gait all you want.. i don't give a shit.. its your life..
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:10 PM   #12
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Our roads are garbage. It is just matter of time when truck's tire will pick up a rock and smack it back in your windshield. Not worth it.
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Old 12-15-2009, 10:13 PM   #13
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Following too close is also an offence under the HTA.
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Jeeeeeeeeez yea of course it's risky. Didn't I mention that? What's impressive is the savings on gas are at least 40%+...and yes I've tested it. Anyway you guys are right it probably isn't worth it. 10m back is probably as close as one should get.
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Old 12-15-2009, 11:23 PM   #15
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Wow, don't be a cheap ass and risk your life over a few dollars.
If you are gonna be destroying the front of your car, pick something else aside from a sweet 5spd benz.
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