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Cruise Control - What is it and when you should use it

Cruise Control - What is it and when you should use it

Posted On 27 Aug, 2015

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There was a time when cruise control was the preserve of the luxury car market. Very few cars had it and the ones that did were often very high-end. Today, this has changed a great deal; cruise control is a common option in most new cars and you will certainly see it even when some of you are looking at used cars for sale. Although it is very common, many people still don’t really know what it does or when to use it.

Cruise control is actually quite simple; it is a computer system that means you can set the car’s speed at a constant, take your foot off the throttle and leave the car to maintain speed on its own. In higher end cars, these systems are able to adapt to conditions and even road signs other than being equipped with automatic braking and other safety features. However, for the most part, cruise control is something you turn on from the steering wheel, set the speed and let go. The car will stay at the same speed until you add more throttle or touch the brakes. Either will switch the system off for safety reasons.

The only time cruise control should ever really be used is on a clear motorway. However, some large dual carriageways are also suitable. The road must be straight and it is advisable to use it only when the conditions are not busy. Attempting to use it on smaller roads could be dangerous. It could also be annoying as smaller roads need constant throttle and brake adjustments depending on corners and turns.

It is very important to avoid using cruise control when you may be feeling tired and are looking for a rest stop. By removing one of the inputs you have to make to the car, you may find yourself relaxing and likely to fall asleep. It is, however, very useful if you need to stretch your leg to avoid cramps.

The Hertz Rent2Buy team thinks cruise control is a great invention, but as with everything else to do with driving; it must be used with care, caution, and regard for safety implications.

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