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



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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