We are all familiar with cruise control, that setting on your steering wheel or dashboard that makes it easy to just set the speed you want to drive at and just monitor speed instead of actively using the pedal to adjust your speed.
But how does Cruise Control actually help you?..
First, by setting the speed for it (for example while driving on the highway) at the officially posted speed limit, it can help you avoid getting costly speeding tickets and incurring other fees that may come with that – fees such as potential traffic school tuition/dues, higher insurance rates, etc.
Second, applying cruise control can help improve your vehicle’s gas mileage. Statistics show that dropping your speed on the highway from 70 mph to 60 mph increases fuel efficiency by a factor of 17.2%.
However, there are definitely times when you should not use cruise control, specifically for safety reasons. These occasions include:
– On winding roads, during heavy traffic periods or on a bridge/overpass
– On icy roads or during downpours/hailstorms
– On any kind of slippery road conditions or during or after the first rainstorm of the season.
– When it’s late at night or any time you feel tired.
Also, if you are on a particularly slippery road and there is a danger of hydroplaning, using cruise control would NOT be a good idea.
In recent years, car manufacturers have been coming out with an updated version of cruise control called “adaptive cruise control”. This feature allows you to set a recommended speed, but the system will adapt to traffic conditions, keeping you at a safe distance and speed.
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