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Cruise Control: What you should know

Posted by on March 7th, 2018 in Towing

Cruise control (sometimes known as speed or auto cruise) is a feature that comes standard on most vehicles. Many drivers choose to use cruise control because it is convenient, but there are a few important things you must know in order to safely and appropriately use this feature. Cruise control is useful for long drives and in order to avoid going over the posted speeding limits on sparsely populated roads.  The following contains useful information to keep in mind when you’re thinking about using cruise control. Always check your owner’s manual for detailed information on how to use your vehicle’s cruise control.

 

How it Works
Cruise control works by a driver bringing their vehicle up to speed and using a button or lever to control such speed. The controller will not allow use below a certain speed – usually about 40km/hr. The vehicle maintains control of this speed, and the driver can press the brakes or push the cruise control button once more in order to cancel the cruise control.

 

Weather
Cruise control is a feature to be used in good driving conditions only. Do not use cruise control if you are in any kind of hazardous driving conditions, such as rain, fog, sleet, snow, or high winds. Make sure you keep your eyes on the road, watch for any oncoming obstacles, and maintain the use of cruise control in good judgment. The last thing you want when using cruise control is to stop maintaining control of your vehicle. Make sure you keep your hands on the wheel, eyes on the road and foot near the brakes.

 

Location
Cruise control is designed to be used on highways or long roads with infrequent stops, curves, or other driving maneuvers. If you are out of the city, on a long straight road, you are in a good area to use your cruise control. Highways are the most common place cruise control is used, but we warn you not to use this feature throughout high traffic hours or at night with little visibility.

 

Driver’s Conditions
As a precaution, we warn all driver’s to never operate a vehicle when you are fatigued, let alone using the cruise control feature. We have seen so many preventable accidents and injury over the years due to driver’s that should have never driven with fatigue. Using cruise control when you are tired can lead to being even less focused on the road and your vehicle, thus causing more preventable accidents.