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How many car lengths?

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by LuckyX, Oct 12, 2016.

  1. LuckyX

    LuckyX Stormtrooper X60D, Autopilot, and Hitch

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    Using TACC/AP what's your preferred car lengths in traffic and open highway?

    Trying to find a happy medium.

    I'm currently at 4 while in traffic anything less makes stopping to rough.
     
  2. CmdrThor

    CmdrThor Member

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    The setting is not car lengths as it adjusts the distance based on speed. It seems to be more a time based setting, but 1-7 are arbitrary values, they don't correspond to seconds.

    I use 1-2 in bumper to bumper traffic and 2-3 otherwise.
     
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  3. jonman

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    i find that the "car lengths" definitely varies as @CmdrThor pointed out based on speed. i tend to have it at 4 but at 90 mph the 4 turns into 8 and at 40 mph it turns into 3-4.

    i'm always playing with it as the traffic changes on my hour long drive to/from work/home
     
  4. LuckyX

    LuckyX Stormtrooper X60D, Autopilot, and Hitch

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    Thanks for pointing that out. I wasn't sure how to call it as I just saw distance between bumpers.
     
  5. Xenius

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    I typically do 2-3 in slower traffic and a more comfortable 5-6 at highway cruising speeds. Unless I'm really trying to get my watt-hours lower, and then I might draft a truck at 1-2.
     
  6. outie

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    As an AP beginner, I am more comfortable using 7 to start. However since 8.0 I am using 6 now but that's because I haven't driven on the freeway with 8.0 yet.
     
  7. ModelX

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    I like 7 -have settled into it after trying the others.
     
  8. ptsagcy

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    I use 1-2 in slow traffic and 2-3 on highway.
     
  9. ChadS

    ChadS Petroleum is for sissies

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    Greater following distances are safer, smoother and more polite. I try to start with 7, and that works great at high speed on an open highway.

    But, yeah, in heavy traffic that can be too far and you just get a stream of people cutting in front of you. So sometimes it gets down to 1.

    I find myself varying a lot, moving towards 7 when I can but back towards 1 when things get hairy.
     
  10. ptsagcy

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    +1 ChadS
     
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