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I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Fri Dec 19, 2003 5:25 pm

...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 ?
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Superfly
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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Fri Dec 19, 2003 8:12 pm

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.
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Banco
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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Fri Dec 19, 2003 8:20 pm

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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portcolumbus
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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Fri Dec 19, 2003 8:38 pm

Definately a good way to squeeze a few extra MPG on a long trip. Unfortunately, my car doesn't have cruise control.
 
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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Fri Dec 19, 2003 9:01 pm

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.
 
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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Fri Dec 19, 2003 11:28 pm

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!

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captaingomes
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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Fri Dec 19, 2003 11:53 pm

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
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KYIPpilot
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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Sat Dec 20, 2003 12:30 am

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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srbmod
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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Sat Dec 20, 2003 11:15 am

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.
 
StarAC17
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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Sat Dec 20, 2003 11:50 am

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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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Sat Dec 20, 2003 12:05 pm

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
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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Sat Dec 20, 2003 12:11 pm

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.
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IMissPiedmont
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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:13 pm

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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N312RC
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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Sat Dec 20, 2003 1:24 pm

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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j_hallgren
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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Sat Dec 20, 2003 5:03 pm

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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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Sun Dec 21, 2003 1:06 am

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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captaingomes
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RE: I Wish I Had Cruise Control!

Sun Dec 21, 2003 1:29 am

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?
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