Do you know how to use your cruise control? If not, don’t worry… you’re not alone!
Many drivers aren’t sure how to use cruise control on their vehicles and therefore find that the system is of little value to them.
To help you out, below we’ll explore what cruise control actually does and how to use it correctly so that you can get the most out of your cruise control in the future!
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How Does Cruise Control Work?
Have you ever been driving on a long road trip and wished you could set your car’s speed and not have to keep your foot on the gas pedal? That wish comes true with cruise control!
By setting it at, say, 55 mph, you can then sit back and enjoy a relaxing drive (unless there are in some traffic jams!).
How does it work?
The cruise control system works by recognizing your vehicle’s current speed and maintaining that speed. The cruise control can control the acceleration and the brakes.
If your vehicle is going faster, then it will slow down or vice versa. To use a cruise control feature in most vehicles, you first must set it.
This means pressing a button until you reach the correct speed you want to drive at. Then, simply continue driving like normal! As long as you keep your foot off of either of your pedals (gas or brake), your car will maintain its current speed no matter what happens around you.
When And Why To Use Cruise Control
There are several times when cruise control can come in handy.
For example, if you’re hauling a trailer behind your vehicle and driving for hours, the cruise control will keep your speed even so you don’t get tired.
Things To Pay Attention When Using Cruise Control
While cruise control will definitely make your life easier, it’s also something you have to pay attention to. For example, when activated, cruise control make driving a car very boring. That’s why drivers pay less attention to the road and their surroundings. So when you’re using cruise control, please remain alert!
How To Set Up The Cruise Control In Your Car
To activate your cruise control, just keep your foot on the gas pedal. Press the button that activates the cruise control. Then remove your foot from the gas pedal. and voila! Your car is now maintaining a constant speed.
You can increase or decrease the speed with the buttons on the wheel. To stop the cruise control, you can press the cancel button or the brake pedal.
Pressing the acceleration pedal will not stop the cruise control. As long as you press the acceleration, it will only momentarily increase the speed. As you remove your foot from the acceleration pedal, the speed will stabilize to the speed initially set.
What Is Adaptive Cruise Control?
Adaptive cruise control is a special type of cruise control. It is similar but instead of just maintaining a set distance from cars in front of you, it also uses radar or other sensors to monitor the traffic. It can then predict when cars are coming up behind and slows down before they get too close.
It allows you to use cruise control even in heavy traffic conditions. This can prevent accidents and crashes, so many automakers are turning to adaptive cruise control as an added safety feature for their vehicles.
Is Cruise Control Safe?
The ability to maintain your vehicle’s speed will preserve your energy. So overall it is safer.
Just make sure that when cruise control is active, you stay alert. When in doubt or dangerous situations, take off cruise control and rely on your food instead..