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Old 10 September 2008
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Default Driving technique. Drafting

Many people love driving and thus keep an account of the various driving techniques that are involved in the driving of vehicles on the road. Drafting is one such technique that is mainly applicable for racing games, be it on video games or on the road.

It is a technique used for gaining speed using the trailing wind of other vehicles while following the vehicle closely. However, many people confuse between ‘drifting’ and ‘drafting’. Drifting is a completely different game mechanical term while the meaning of drafting is completely different. In case of racing cars, racers gain points by drafting behind other cars. This way a racer can increase the speed of his vehicle more than the car of his competitor and can strive to win the competition.
Even if the vehicle has a much greater speed than your vehicles, the process of drafting makes it easier for you to pull your car out and speed across the competitor’s car. However, you must be cautious that the vehicle at your back may use the same technique to throw you at his back.

The racing cars are designed in such a manner that they could create an air pressure bubble at the front of the car and a small vacuum behind the car’s structure so that the car get a thrust and moves with double the speed forward. However, an aerodynamics detailing applied to the car can reduce the drag so produced by the car’s engine. Drafting is actually a method of tailgating or slipstreaming that occurs when another car comes closer to the first car and fills the vacuum partly.

As an obvious result, the first car loses some of the drag it had achieved at its rear by earlier discussed methods. Although the first car has more air resistance in front but the vacuum at its rear persists. Because of this combined effect, both the car quickens a bit.
The process of drafting makes the combination of the speeds of both the cars a few miles faster than one car can alone do. Drafting increases the car’s speed by few miles by push- and- pull methods that are more effective in the case where the second car is much closer to the first car. Thus, the gaining in speed through the process of drafting is inversely proportional to the extent of closeness that the cars achieve.
There is also a tricky maneuver known as “bump drafting” where the approaching car at the back may even touch and push the car at the front.
The benefit of this is that, by tailgating so closer to the first car, the airflow into the following car’s radiator is hindered. As a result, the engine gets overheated. One main demand required to practice drafting is the appropriate car length. However, motorcycles, and bi-cycle racers do not get the facility of drafting because a bicycle racer or a motorcycle biker cannot generate the forward aero push that the cars are advantageous to do.

There are various ways of drafting applied by the racers to gain speed during the racing competitions, like, the slingshot and the ‘bump and run’ techniques. In sling shot, when a leading driver sees a drafter is ‘pedaling back’, the leader slows proportionally to defend his position and gain room so that he is able to maintain a small gap between the vehicles and not cause any undesirable effects on the track.

While in the case of a bump and run draft, the drafter intentionally and physically nudges the rear of the car in front so that the traction is loosen. Although this type of drafting tactic is common on short tracks too, a drafter should be extremely cautious while drafting as any wrong move or any sharp blow could lead to fatal accident for the leading driver.
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Old 21 February 2009
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While watching the daytonna 500 last week they were saying how the drafting affected all the cars around each other car, therefore at certain times the car in the centre of the pach affected all around it, and in turn the surronding cars affected the the next surronding bunch.
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The problem is too many people seeing the film stars doing it and thinking its easy
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Yeah. It’s good to be yourself. Same with you, I will try to do something. So I support your decision!
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Hey thanks for sharing such a useful tips. If you love your car, then always keep in your mind few points, it will be good for your car as well as for your safety

Adjust your rear view mirror in right angle, vehicle body should occupy 1.3 rd of the mirror and the rest is rear traffic for side mirrors.

Make sure that gear is in neutral before starting the car if engine dies not respond to the first try wait for 10 second then try again

Be careful while driving on wet roads don’t drive too fast on slippery roads
Always wear seat belts.

Avoid low gears.
For short trips (1 to 8 Km) use public transport, using car for short trips affect fuel efficiency of the car.

Avoid AC while driving in cities, use of AC reduces fuel economy of the car by 9%

Drive at safe speed.

Avoid sudden stopping

Don’t use clutches unnecessary

Keep an eye on break oil, coolant and engine oil level.


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