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Old 12-15-2009, 10:41 PM   #16
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If you are that concerned about fuel economy you should be driving a small econobox. At 110km/hr my civic gets 6 L / 100km in clean air.
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:42 AM   #17
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lol, lets see...do you get mad when someone tailgates you? Okay, how about now you're in a way heavier vehicle, that's harder to see out the back of, and has way more enertia so it takes a lot longer to react to things? Oh and also the good possibility that you'll kill the person behind you because of the size difference if you get into an accident? I'm guessing it'd probably irritate most people.
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:34 AM   #18
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only time ill follow a semi, and thats at at least 10 m, is in bad winter conditions. i know i can stop faster than he can so if im worried about a pile up i figure he'll slide through it and make an opening for me, but even still, never close enough to reap fuel economy benefits.
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:03 AM   #19
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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 5spdold ass rusted beater benz.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:08 AM   #20
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1) You do save fuel by tailgating, from what inderstand almost 40%
2) Your car will need a new windshield and paintjob for sure.

3) Most truckers don't care if you tail gate, it's your life. However hit them, they will be pissed.

The images are those of my trailer after I got rearended in Montreal. Tailgate if you want!
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:09 AM   #21
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^^Just to mention this was 1 week before Christmas last year and the passanger was rushed to the hospital.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:14 AM   #22
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not worth the risk to save gas. stupid if you ask me.

if you want better gas mileage, get a civic.
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:57 AM   #23
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Cool guys thanks for the input. I know it's very dangerous really close but 2-3 car lengths back (5-10m) doesn't seem that bad to me.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:06 AM   #24
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If you are that concerned about fuel economy you should be driving a small econobox. At 110km/hr my civic gets 6 L / 100km in clean air.
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Those is glass houses something something.

If you were concerned about fuel economy, you'd be driving something else.
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Alright alright I get the picture!! Will you guys stop ripping on me? lol. I avoid trucks like the plague with the BMW, the benz's paintjob is in bad shape and I could care less about the paint.

P.S. Although I am concerned about mileage, the only way I'd drive a civic is if it did <3L/100km.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:27 AM   #26
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Cool guys thanks for the input. I know it's very dangerous really close but 2-3 car lengths back (5-10m) doesn't seem that bad to me.
Look at this way;

At 100Kmh it will take the average human 1.5 sec from the time they see the brake lights to the time they touch the brake pedal.
This means the car would travel 125' before the brakes are even applied. Add another .3 sec for the brakes in a emergancy situation to apply. This would add another 24' of travel.

This means the total travel distance would be 149'

Your vehicle is 40' behind the truck, do the math. My calculation would be that you will need more then just a paint job.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:42 AM   #27
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Are you saying one should leave 45 meters of space between cars on the highway (Fifteen 3 meter car lengths)? You realize following distance applies just the same to trucks as to other cars. If anything trucks stop slower than the average car.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:51 AM   #28
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Wow, the ICC bumper sure folded up there.

Flavio, follow as close as you want, hell, 1m if you dare. After all, saving $3 / 100km is worth your life right?
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:34 PM   #29
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Tomek wtf is your problem dude? Go get some imaginary lays. I've said over and over that I don't intend to follow that close. You always get pissy on my threads. GTFO.

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Old 12-16-2009, 01:11 PM   #30
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O jeez, play nice guys!!!
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