Cruise control is an excellent device many vehicles have that can help reduce driver fatigue on long trips, save on gas and largely eliminates the need for the driver to monitor their speed. Although there are many advantages to using cruise control, there are also several safety tips you should take into consideration.
- Don’t get too relaxed. Often, people get very comfortable when using cruise control because they aren’t having to constantly push the gas. You must remain alert and focused while driving at all times.
- Have one foot near the brake. Keep your foot near the brake when using cruise control so it can be disengaged quickly if you need to come to a sudden stop or slow down.
- Avoid rural and curvy roads. Cruise control is designed to function best on interstates,highways, and other long stretches of roads. Don’t use it if you’re having to stop or slow down a lot such as in a neighborhood or city.
- Stay within speed limit. A driver’s reaction time can be slower when cruise control is engaged due to having to deactivate the system, so be extra careful by going the speed limit.
- Don’t use in bad weather. Cruise control shouldn’t be used in hazardous weather conditions. You may need to come to a sudden stop or slow down quickly during bad weather.
Using cruise control can be a great asset to making your commute and travels more enjoyable and less tiring. Just make sure you adhere to these above suggestions to safely operate your vehicle while using cruise control.