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eyefishpa

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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2012 12:19:14 PM

Wind surf behind a large truck.
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mister8tch
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 7:57:09 AM

Stay vertical.
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mister8tch
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 7:56:23 AM

Do not pass go; do not collect 200 dollars.
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IAMCANADIAN73
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 7:20:30 AM

steady speed reduced by 5 mph really does save on gas
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gasandgoAL
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Message Posted: Dec 14, 2012 1:52:52 AM

steady speed reduced by 5 mph really does save on gas
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RRBC
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 10:52:25 PM

bake
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rick_evans
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 6:55:34 AM

Ignore advice from eyefishpa
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skidsteer85xt
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 10:38:34 PM

no its to dangerous
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 5:20:58 AM

Stay home and get up under the bed all day.
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 6:44:33 PM

Do not use your phone while checking out......and other obvious times as well.
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mister8tch
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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 12:17:27 PM

Attend a random funeral to remember how special life really is.
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wshokie12
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12:34:14 AM

carpool
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 6:37:12 AM

I have followed a large furniture box type truck at lower speeds > 35-45 mph.on windy days,seems the gas savings was a little better. The only difference I could detect was when traffic slowed,my vehicle wanted to coast quickly forward when I let off the pedel,moreso than usual. I was getting tense with the brake pedel,visability was hampered so I gave up for a possible minor fuel savings.

Some things are foolish for various reasons for the sake of minor mileage improvements,no tailgating but the blocked visability was a tense situation for me.Larger tires put on the rear was a better idea so that I could be driving down-hill always....LOL
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2012 7:09:57 PM

Not really knowing,I assume if driving a small low profile vehicle,when following a big rig up close,would not benefit mileage because those trailers with large wheels sit rather high thus much wind turbulance would flow under the trailer and hammer the front of a following vehicle.

The draft occurs but I think only a taller robust higher type vehicle following close maybe would benefit,just an asumption on my part.Vehicles with very low pavement hugging aerodynamics,skirting,bottom panels would seem to provide good drafting effects for followers.

All of the above is high risk endeavors,which can get you lighted-up,flashed,costing some time embarrasment,frowns instead of smiles etc.
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MikeCapeCoral
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2012 2:45:13 AM

IS THERE STILL A DRAFT?
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 10:41:58 PM

When traveling highway,my reason is not to stay close to a large rig/trailer for a draft benefit. Usually they run near the speed limit,some about 3 mph above,that is where I set my cruise,then leave ample distance,for a better view angle,steady speeds.

Sure other drivers will bare down behind,then follow for a few trivial seconds,maybe exiting or soon will pass and gain a higher speed.Seldom is it necessary to mess with the cruise setting,only if the semi ahead comes upon a slower vehicle ahead and may wait to change lanes to pass also.

Still if a strong headwihd prevails the large truck ahead shunts the force off my vehicle to some extent with-out the draft benefit,and my mileage improves.Deflecting the headwind by a % I feel helps a lot,at times you can tell by the go pedel easing down if you break over into the other lane,the C C.. hammers the pedel to correct extra wind resistance.
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 8:41:51 PM

Canadian beer or whiskey?
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RRBC
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 8:40:21 PM

buy canadian
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13Octane
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 12:22:23 PM

drink heavily before you start out, and keep drinking during the day!
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 8:13:45 AM

Give Moms yakking on cell phones a wide berth.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 11:26:53 PM

Winter arrives; Do you know your vehicles battery age/condition. When the temps drop over night to the 20s F have a friend measure the Battery voltage before starting the vehicle after sitting overnight. Readings might read 9.75 - 11.25 volts below 10 volts, problems can start when the outside temps drop further,because when the starter is cranking,that battery voltage is pulled down,under extra load,often upsetting the vehicles other functions.

Being a past hot dry Summer,some batteries have shown a low cell fluid starved condition,causing battery failure,due to evaporation of liquid acid. It pays to have that checked first. Never jump start with-out safety glasses on,same if cleaning up the terminals,any raw gasoline smells coming off engine area unseen maybe, clear that area and get PRO HELP!
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ToriTX
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2012 1:55:13 PM

try walking places especially if it just right down the road
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vangobrown
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2012 9:43:37 PM

Energy cannot be made or created
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2012 9:38:25 PM

In most cases I like the "eat more fruit" Works every time.....
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Kanakakua
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2012 11:01:33 AM

Stay Focused!
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2012 4:00:24 AM

If you happen to notice your vehicle seems to be using more fuel when in traffic,play this game > count each time you apply the brake pedel,then count that as one. When you go back to the go pedel count that as two,pause till this happens again while keeping track counting. As your trip ends make a pencil notation at the days ending start adding your notes,get Happy and compare them to another day V/S excess fuel burned.

You may improve, with-out blaming the vehicle, lowering the count is improvement while saving fuel $$ as a result.... GLk !
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ranger2k
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2012 11:43:09 PM

ride a bicycle
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 12:35:26 AM

If you are somewhat of a DIYer and you happen to drive off the beaten path into deeper snow or a drift where your vehicle is somewhat stuck...
when the coast is clear take off your Long-Johns,pop-off the vehicles drivewheels (2), wheel covers,tear those longjohns leg parts from each other,then twist each leg part like a licorish stick and tie each leg part through each D.. wheel opening securely tight in a knot,one L.. part to each wheel. Using the LJ's as a single chain link around the tire area.

Again when the coast is clear try backing out of stuck area in recent wheel tracks,using the L-johns as a traction device,avoid excessive high speed spinning of the drive wheels, just maybe a Tow truck won't be necessary,and the cost for a lost pair of L-Johns only minimal.

This tip is only for the most determained hard core DIYer wearing winter LJ's and if they lack snow driving experience. Hint; if any form of utility tape is in the trunk,fold the loose ends of the tied knot(if being a single one) together like a pair of rabbit ears (antenna style)wrap that tape,many rounds around the loose ends tightly secured to prevent knot from coming loose,spin away free.....or call for help. Time involved twenty min.---30 at most for DIY setup. LOLuck! EMG flashers on of cource!
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RRBC
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:35:13 PM

Eat more fruit
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 8:54:36 AM

I totally agree with don't ignor strange sounds emmiting from ones vehicle. Recently I gave assistance to my Son when he was changing both front WD spindle drive hub bearings,PT cruiser,2nd owner,work vehicle getting noisy.

This eliminated a possible sieze-up,later. I lost an outer front spindle hub bearing on a older classic Che..truck,which previous owner changed engine oil/filter every 1500 miles,at 55,000 I had installed a performance cam/other goodies. That engine was as clean inside as a 2000 miler but the R-F bearing gave up life after 56,000 miles during city driving it turned color blue from heat stress, with very little warning (smoke trail) So....
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 5:40:34 PM

drive 60speen to save gas
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jrferrari
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Message Posted: Oct 26, 2012 12:58:18 AM

My dad drove a '74 Dodge Maxivan with a 360 V8 and would do this all the time. I'm sure it helped the MPG when he was in the "zone".
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2012 3:32:33 PM

A lot of drivers know that starting off with the go pedel pressed heavy until reaching their choice of cruise speed,will then use much fuel to do so. Often they forget that after slowing for any traffic reason,the resume rate of go-pedel pressure also consumes a high rate of fuel >> to re-accelerate,by the vehicle being in a higher tranny gear the engine must develope way more torque to then resume cruise speed.

This is often forgotten,its understandable because the reason/cause is the physical laws governing things on the planet/Earth,and then drivers don't always drive and think about physics at the same time affecting their vehicles motion. Only when the vehicles starts to roll backwards when stopped on a slight unlevel surface. LOL History but not always funny....

To resume takes extra energy,that's the phrase/action that is often forgotten about for saving fuel,watching Brake lights ahead is the secret cure!(Takes more effort than one would think) to correct,and gain MPG.$ $

I think of paying more attention of the ahead traffic source then getting a jump on that situation,refering to the right foot control with your vehicles,the ... /... pedels acordingly... That's it,secret solved! LOLuck!
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2012 7:41:23 PM

None of my vehicles are designed for wind surfing,anyway some big truck drivers will give out free perforation tests,without asking! Those tests work on any vehicle/owner combined, CB radio chatter tells alot and eliminates the guessing.
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Atlknight
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2012 9:24:48 PM

Do not ignore a funny sound, something is causing it.
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node01
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2012 9:26:57 PM

Park in the shade on hot summer days.
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 5:30:11 PM

Ride a bicycle!
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RRBC
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2012 3:16:06 PM

stay home, and definitely don't drive to California.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2012 11:28:51 AM

After watching news events; I always must ask Why would anyone drive a vehicle with the best quality tires,best ABS breaks,best handling package,best top rank performance,best lighting system,best overall safety package, more...etc. But then Tailgate in packs of 3-7 vehicles at speeds of 70-80+ mph. of someone else you probably don't even know,maybe you do.. Excitment....? Too many Blessings maybe? I'll go for the good weather.... maybe that's it!

On the cheap side greater distance between vehicles will save more than just fuel,yes weather does have a lot to do with that also. HAGDay...

Packs meaning > Too Dam Close! Drama at its best! Saving What?........
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 8:07:31 PM

nty
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 7:47:05 PM

AIMWO4;.. I see your point on higher rear tire inflation,I do that mainly with the pick-up,keeping a higher pressure up front normaly,then bringing the rear up even higher fo being loaded.not exceeding the max tire rated pressure (hot checked)on pressure for the longer trip.

As the day heats up ordinarily driving highway, I may take a second pressure check at the rear,no problems still.....
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cheap2010skate
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 10:38:56 AM

use brakes gently, not in abrupt spurts
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 9:17:53 AM

AIMWO4 writes: Increase rear tire pressure prior to taking a long trip with a load. You increase MPG, and decrease "cupping" of your tires. Rotate before or after the trip.
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This makes no sense. If you're going to change tire pressures to get better mileage, you would increase inflation on the front tires since they have more weight on them. A higher pressure on the front tires allows them to roll easier because they stay rounder.

In fact it makes no sense to change tire pressures at all for trips vs. normal driving. The front tires should always have 3-4 pounds of additional pressure over the more lightly loaded tires in the back.
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 8:54:44 AM

Don't use drive-thrus.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:05:40 AM

Remember when traveling in slower speed zones if you can slow by just letting off the pedel sooner,when approaching stopped traffic at a red light or whatever and keep more distance with less brakeing,and gradual slower resume rates by trying to avoid stopping/idleing.

When I see red brake lights visable ahead < that signals me to let off the go pedel and slow,saving fuel to prevent a complete stopping of my vehicle,this breaks the bonds of Inertia,to gain on saving fuel per ground covered (distance by better mileage) VS cost to do so....Idle cost goes minium also. You then save,save more $ at the fuel pumps, "Works for me"...

To get where you want to be monthly,the above practice will reduce your engines run time,that says savings to me....by Right foot control,your right foot....maybe ?! LOL
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AIMWO4
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 1:29:54 PM

Increase rear tire pressure prior to taking a long trip with a load. You increase MPG, and decrease "cupping" of your tires. Rotate before or after the trip.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 11:49:25 AM

While driving look ahead at other vehicles,compare the tires you see that seem a bit low or buldged where they contact the pavement. Often you will see one or more that looks a bit flatter,next time your vehicle is sitting in the parking lot compare yours for being uniform with each other.

Just look it might save you some fuel,after checking all four for correct pressure.Maybe save a blow-out,or worse. All tires will show a slight bulge,but look for the exception,by comparison. Hints always welcom....
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 9:36:51 AM

Hoof it or use someone elses gas and diesel.
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 9:09:00 AM

Drive less.
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 8:00:41 AM

Drydem -- Check some of the automotive catalogs, you'll find a windowshade you can install between your radiator and the grillwork to do just what you suggest ...
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ber5
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 10:50:58 PM

very few people want to drive behind a big truck...
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