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7 Specific Things You Need to Know Well When Using Cruise Control

Some drivers will go their whole life without using the cruise control function on their vehicle, whether it's because they prefer not to use it, don't find it safe, or don't know how to use it. To keep you informed, All Tech Automotive found this article to give you some insight on cruise control.

Cruise control is a feature that now comes standard on many models of cars. Many drivers prefer to drive a vehicle that has cruise control installed because of its convenience. If you are a commuter, cruise control will allow you to drive at a constant speed. Cruise control is an electronic device that allows a vehicle's driver to lock the accelerator on a specific speed and take the foot off of the pedal. Cruise control is designed to be used on roadways without frequent stops, turns, or required driving maneuvers. An interstate highway is an ideal location to use your vehicle's cruise control feature. Here's how to apply cruise control:

7-Step Guide to Cruise Control

1) Evaluate the driving conditions on the interstate

Cruise control is not designed to be used in hazardous weather conditions. Use good judgment when deciding to apply your vehicle's cruise control. Check for any oncoming obstacles before applying cruise control, particularly if it is your first time to use the system.

2) Build your speed

If driving on an interstate, the speed limit is generally between 55 and 70 miles per hour. This speed range is ideal for cruise control. Do not attempt to set your vehicle's cruise control at a speed that is about the legal limit. This is both dangerous and unwise.

3) Once you reach the desired speed, turn the cruise control system on

In most vehicles, the buttons that control the cruise control system appears on the steering wheel. You should check your owner's manual and locate these buttons when the car is not being driven to avoid an accident. 

4) After the cruise control system is activated, set the cruise control.

This will likely entail simply pressing another button on the steering wheel. After the cruise control is set, you may remove your foot from the accelerator. The car should maintain its speed.

5) Watch the road carefully

Your reaction time will be slower because you will have to deactivate the cruise control system before you slow down or stop. 

6) Accelerating on cruise control

Most model cars will either have additional buttons or allow the driver to briefly engage the accelerator pedal. 

7) Decelerating on cruise control

To decelerate, either tap the appropriate button on the cruise control system or quickly apply the brake. As a safety precaution, almost every model of car will deactivate the cruise control as soon as the brake is applied. 

Using cruise control is a great way to control your speed while driving on the interstate. Setting your vehicle's cruise control on reasonable speed will also reduce fuel consumption by preventing sudden acceleration and deceleration. Be aware that it is not a good idea to use cruise control if you are likely to suffer from driver fatigue. Many drivers feel that being able to relax their legs while driving and not having to closely monitor their speed increase their likelihood of becoming fatigued at the wheel. 

 

This article was originally published on Driving-Tests.org

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