'Potentially fatal' hypermiling techniques are 'not worth it' as diesel hits record price

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Drafting

This is one of the most controversial hypermiling techniques as it involves driving close behind another vehicle, usually a van or lorry, essentially using the forward vehicle’s body to shield their own car from wind and so reduce drag.

Tailgating is illegal, and by doing this hypermilers are inviting a crash, as their reaction times and braking distance are severely reduced at this range.

Following too closely is responsible for five percent of traffic collisions, while sudden braking makes up a further five percent of accidents.



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