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Why I Strive For MPG With A Super Duty

People ask me why I don't just trade the truck in on a little car.

I'll tell you why: There are idiots out there. There is an inexhaustible supply of them and if you drive enough you WILL find one.

Needless to say, I had a close one this morning. Driving down a slushy road two cars pass me (I'm going about 50). Up ahead they catch two more cars. Suddenly, lots of brake lights. One of them does a nice 540 and winds up in my lane driving toward me.

Long story short, the anti-locks saved this guy's butt. I stopped 20ft short of him. If I had hit that Corolla, I would have walked away and had to scrape crone & codger goo out of my AC condensor. With belts, air bag and 7500 lbs, no way I get the worst of the encounter.

I'll stick with my econo-tank. I'm not ready for the Promised Land just yet.

But you guys already know that.

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good thing your ok. i just got a letter in the mail from the insurance company saying my premium would be reduced due to a lack of bodily injury claims in ford f250's.

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good thing your ok. i just got a letter in the mail from the insurance company saying my premium would be reduced due to a lack of bodily injury claims in ford f250's.

I hope I get one of those, lol.

In response to Dave, This is why my vehicles get progressively bigger. I don't feel safe in anything smaller than my Lincoln Town Car. It gets good enough mileage anyway, a couple more MPG's aren't worth my life. It's either a full framed car or a truck for me.

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I don't feel safe in a car period...
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I don't feel safe in a car period...
And this week I'm 400 miles from home, in a little kia. That stupid little foreign POS has absolutely no traction on anything worse than perfectly clean pavement. And most of the roads are not perfectly clean around here. The ABS kicks in if anyone so much as farts. Lord help us if someone sneezed, we'd go skating around the road like a ballerina squirrel on caffeine.
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"ballerina squirrel on caffeine"

!! That is one of the funniest things I've heard in a long time.

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Re: Why I Strive For MPG With A Super Duty

In my job I go to MVC's (motor vehicle crashes) all the time and see the outcomes of many different scenarios. My wife and I both drive 8000 lb 4x4 CC, LB Super duties for daily drivers with the kids. Any questions?

(BTW, we do tow trailers on a regular basis but even if we didn't, I would drive my "econo-tank" anyway!)

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Back when I turned 18 (on my birthday too mind you) I pulled over for a first responder (fireman) coming towards me to let him go by. Well the three people behind me stopped but a 83 year old man who shouldn't have been on the road missed them & rear ended me at about 50mph with a buick le saber when I was at a dead stop. He busted the driver's side leafs, bent the frame, busted the axle, destroyed the bed, put a huge crack on the sideway of the tire, rear bumper, sent the fan into the radiator, warped the drive shaft. He rolled his car & it was totaled. Both him & his wife survived but it took them about half an hour to get his wife out with the jaws of life. The truck was out of action for a month getting fixed. But we got it fixed & she's back on the road still running strong!


The way I look at it was if I had been in some eco 2 door car I would either be dead or very banged up. Also think about when Elmo got rear ended by that rice burner at about 60mph. He was just fine, the truck was banged up but was fixed & is still running great.
I had some kid tailgating me today while I was driving the Superduty around. What was he in....a Geo Metro! I guess he didn't relize that if I had to stop quick for something he would have seen a trailer hitch coming right at him! Some people just don't think....


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The Geo is probably trying to draft you.

If he had seen how fast these things can stop - given good ABS and a lot of adrenaline in the right leg - he'd back off.

I was a Chevy guy for 35 years and this truck has flat-out the best brakes I've ever seen on anything. My old Chevy would have spun me into them.

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Man! I'm like Rodney Dangerfield. I can't get no respect.

The Diesel Garage types get on me because I don't drive a lifted show truck on 38s and the hypermilers dog me becauser I don't drive a Japanese beercan.

I tellya! I don't no respect!

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