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I Wish I Had Cruise Control!  
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 969 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  Laugh out loud) How about you ? Does your vehicle have cruise control ?
UTA


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40035 posts, RR: 74
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 954 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.



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User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 949 times:

In North America, Superfly, I couldn't agree more. On the stop start motorways and the twisty byways of the UK (and Ireland for that matter UTA), it's a complete waste of time.

Lots of cars have it fitted, but you just don't ever get the chance (or have the need) to use it. Manufacturers have largely abandoned it as an option, it's just eft in where it pre-exists on a model.



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User currently offlinePortcolumbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 938 times:

Definately a good way to squeeze a few extra MPG on a long trip. Unfortunately, my car doesn't have cruise control.

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 932 times:

I LOVE cruise control. In fact my old car didn't have it, so and I installed it to make all the roadies inbetween ROC and BUF a bit more tolerable.

User currently offlineUal747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 919 times:

The blessed cruise control on your return trip from the night out with the guys at the bars! What a piece of work she is that cruise control!

UAL747


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 908 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.  Smile


"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineKYIPpilot From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1383 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 898 times:

I can't live without cruise control; I use it everywhere. Even for a couple minute intervals on surface streets. Its always on when I'm on the highway, except in heavy traffic.


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 863 times:

Not too big of a fan of cruise control. I just don't feel comfortable using it. I need to be plugged in so to speak with the car. The max I can do cruise is about 15 minutes, then I get bored.

User currently onlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3401 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 856 times:

I have it and hardly use it? I think it is very overrated and whenever I use it I always have to reset it when the traffic speed changes.


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User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2472 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 851 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.

User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 850 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.



10=2
User currently offlineImisspiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6332 posts, RR: 33
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 833 times:

Without cruise control I'd have too many tickets. Certain songs, Radar Love comes to mind, cause my foot to get a bit heavy.

As to inattentiveness, I think not. I am a serious driver and have my foot ready at all times. Might just explain the oversized right ankle.



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User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 827 times:

I have cruise control and use it on highway trips. I think the Cruise is useless at night unless you have lighted buttons for it, otherwise you cant see em.



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User currently offlineJ_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 806 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...




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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7802 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 786 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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User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 782 times:

Certain songs, Radar Love comes to mind, cause my foot to get a bit heavy

Actually, that song causes me to change the radio station.  Big grin

But one time I couldn't help myself either, the Beverly Hills Cop tune came on the radio and I floored the throttle and ended up doing 180 km/h when I backed off. Weird eh?



"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
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