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Posted by dbs__usenet on October 29, 2005, 10:19 pm

And while you are at it, keep the speed as steady as possible.  The cruise
control does a great job of adjusting the speed smoothly so the ICE is
not started unless it's really needed.  Keeping speed at or below 65
makes a noticable difference too.

I get my best milage (on level ground) when I set the cruise at 55 MPH.

Posted by Bill on October 30, 2005, 12:29 am

Me too.  Wind not-with-standing I can beat the EPA highway rating by 2 - 3
mpg at 55 mph.  Great first step toward conservation would be rolling the
speed limit back to 55.

Posted by richard schumacher on October 31, 2005, 2:51 am

bad idea.  If you're close enough to draft you're much too close to stop
safely if (when!) the truck hits its brakes.

Posted by Bill on October 31, 2005, 4:37 am

One of the best aspects of my self-imposed 55 mph speed limit is that I
rarely find myself following too closely.  :-)

Posted by Michael Pardee on October 31, 2005, 12:33 pm
Above 65 or 70 mph drafting can be done at normal following distances (I use
the Smith System four second rule) if the air is still. It is tough in some
cars, but the Prius has little enough lateral stability to let you feel the
buffeting at the tail of the draft. In older vehicles, like our Volvo, the
weatherstripping has smashed down to the point the draft is audible as a
quieter zone.

Unfortunately, even a breath of sidewind will shift the draft a lane or
more, so it isn't something that can be used all that often.

Mike (an avid cyclist when I was younger)

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