How to Safely Use Cruise Control

Written by greg on July 5, 2017

 

Cruise control safety

Cruise control in an automobile is a widely utilized feature. Cruise control aids in reducing driver fatigue on longer trips and works to improve fuel efficiency. With that noted, there are some steps to take to safely use cruise control on your vehicle.

 

Keep Foot at the Brake

 

Engaging cruise control does not mean that you can overly relax while operating your automobile. You must remain alert and focused, including keeping your body properly positioned to respond to circumstances as they present while motoring.

 

A key step that you must take when cruise control is engaged is keeping one foot at the brake at all times. While it is perfectly acceptable to keep your foot away from the accelerator, the same cannot be said of the brake.

 

The reality is that with the cruise control engaged, you likely are moving at a high rate of speed. Therefore, if the need arises to respond to something immediately, you must be able to terminate cruise control and lower your car’s speed without pause.

 

Use Cruise Control in Proper Situations

 

As a general rule, cruise control most appropriately is utilized on highways. Cruise control is safely utilized on long stretches of straight roadways.

 

Cruise control should not be engaged when a motorist is on curvy streets. Weather is also a consideration when it comes to using cruise control. It should be used during inclement weather, including snow, rain, and hail storms.

 

Keep Your Eyes on the Road

 

Time and again, the use of cruise control lulls motorists from paying appropriate attention to driving. Some people even lose focus on the road once cruise control is engaged. You must keep your eyes closely on the road when using cruise control.

 

Stay Within the Speed Limit

 

The use of cruise control is not a license for speeding. You must always stay within the speed limit when using cruise control to operate you care in a safe manner.

 

 

See also:

BBC: http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20130808-is-cruise-control-dangerous

 

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