UTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50 Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 942 times:
...that's what I thought while driving 707cmf's Vauxhall on one of these loooong Xyrdavian highways. However, he dosen't agree with me as he thinks this contraption can be dangerous in the hands of inexperienced drivers (like him ) How about you ? Does your vehicle have cruise control ?
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Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39861 posts, RR: 74
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 927 times:
Ahh, cruise control is great!
American cars were the first to get cruise control back in the 1920s.
It comes in handy on long road trips. It can help you get a few extra miles per gallon and reduce your chance of getting a speeding ticket.
Never use cruise control in wet surfaces. Never use it in the rain, snow or on ice.
Captaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 881 times:
I hardly use the cruise control. It makes you a passenger and not a driver. I'd rather go with the flow of traffic (in the left lane at 150 km/h outside the city) than sit around just above the speed limit. But that's just me, I enjoy driving.
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AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2472 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 824 times:
I have it but have yet to use it, largely due to New Jersey's crowded highways. Maintaining constant speed is dangerous in so much traffic and I like to be in control. It would help gas mileage a bit but I'm also leery that inattentiveness could result in cruise mode. The car just happened to have it, I didn't specifically want it. I might yet use it on a really long trip which I've yet to take in this car, a tiny Ford Focus ZX3.
Zak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 823 times:
cruise control makes the driver less attentive, similar to automatic transmission. i use it for a few minutes to relax feet a lil on loong drives, but usually i turn it off quickly due to boredom and tiring that comes with nothing to do. cruise control + rather high temp inside the car (most ppl overheat their car especially in winter) and you got a sleepy driver rdy to kill a bunch of ppl due to lack of attention.
i think some things to take off workload are just too much, since being somewhat involved in driving the car increases the situation awareness and reduces chances of errors.
so after all, cruise control is great for relaxing for a few mins, but really bad if overused.
J_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 779 times:
It makes driving any distance over 50-100 miles on interstate bearable for me as I now have leg/knee pain...and being able to move leg to another position is cruical...I also then use cruise to slow/resume when possible thus avoiding use of pedal...
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7778 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 759 times:
On longer trips, where traffic permits, I prefer to use the cruise control. If I do not use it I tend to find myself going about 5-10 mph faster than what I wanted to do after 2 hours behind the wheel. Plus it allows for a more comfortable driving position. In some cars you get a really weird foot positions to maintain say 80mph. If you use it right you should not have to reset it every 5 mins. To pass I use the gas pedal instead of the buttons, once you lift off the gas it automatically goes back to the selected speed. easy as pie.
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