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Cruise Control

Posted On 12 Aug, 2014

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Most motorists are broadly familiar with cruise control, but fewer could define precisely what it is and how it works.

Cruise control enables you to set and increase or decrease the speed of your car. Normally, it cuts out below certain low speed, or if you tap on the brake.

It’s designed to make long journeys less tiring. Anyone who has regularly taken on long distance motorway or highway driving will know that feeling of tension and cramp that sets in after a while.

In the US, where roads can be notoriously long and wide, making for monotonous driving that can sap your energy and the strength in your feet and legs, cruise control is particularly welcome. Other countries which feature straight roads like Germany’s autobahns are also good candidates for cruise control features.

The variety of buttons available matches the complexity of your cruise control system. If you have a coast button this will generally allow the vehicle to gradually slow down.

Cruise control systems can be hugely useful, but obviously they add complexity and can break. If you have a faulty speedo for example, then by inference your cruise control system is rendered useless.

Hertz Rent2Buy offers you the opportunity to test rent a vehicle with cruise control and see whether it is a feature you would enjoy on your next car. If you purchase the car, the cost of the rental is waived - an ideal way to try before you buy and familiarise yourself with the car.

If you’re new to cruise control and want to check whether it suits you, then this is an ideal way to try out the options without definitively setting your course to cruise.

Today, more advanced measures are becoming available, like adaptive cruise controls. These can be set to match the speed of the car ahead, something which is achieved via a radar sensor. The logic is that it protects you against the tiring elements of stop/start motoring in the rush hour.

There are many cruise control systems out there, and they are now pretty well established. They are worth considering if you’re in the market for a new vehicle soon.

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