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Drafting saved the day

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2017 Bolt driver here… have put 92K miles on him so far. I Had to make a trip today about 100 miles each way so I thought no problem, I’ve done it many times before. I very rarely have to charge anywhere other than my garage so I’m not super aware of charger locations and there just aren’t many in ohio. Had a nice tailwind going east but the return trip proved the opposite as todays cold wind gusts depleted a lot more range than I expected even though I was only going about 65. I had never tried drafting before due to most truckers around here being annoyed by Evs … but there was a semi going my speed steady in the right lane so I hooked on pretty close for about 50 miles. I was amazed by how much difference it made. I wouldn’t have done this in heavy traffic or if there were a lot of speed or lane changes going on. I just wonder what the driver would have been thinking 🤔
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Yes, if you're short on electrons to make it home, drafting can make a substantial difference. There are safety concerns of course, not to mention getting something kicked up that messes up your windshield. I don't do it very often, but it's good to know as an option when truly needed to avoid being stuck w/ a dead battery. As for them minding it, unless they have a rear camera, they probably can't see you if you get close enough .............. "If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you."
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