Among the stupid reasons some drivers tailgate big rigs is hypermiling, the practice of
taking extreme measures to save gas. Some of these practices are very dangerous, such as “drafting” behind semi trucks.
Never tailgate large vehicles in front of you! Large vehicles include RV’s, big rigs, buses or similar vehicles. If you are so close that you cannot clearly see the left and right mirrors on the vehicle ahead of you, you are too close. More importantly, the driver of the vehicle in front of you probably has no idea you are behind him. This isn’t nearly as big of a concern as the fact that you can’t see what’s up ahead and you have no time to react. If you are so close you can’t see the mirrors, you won’t even see when a vehicle traveling in the lane next to the big vehicle suddenly cuts in front of him. The big vehicle slams on his brakes and you have no time to react and you will be left saying, “I never even saw it coming.” Remember, aim high and have a clear vision at least 100 yards ahead of you. If moving to another lane helps you achieve this, change lanes.
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