Cruise control is a common feature of many modern cars, but you may have wondered what it actually is and what the benefits are.
What is Cruise Control?
Cruise control is a technological feature of your car that controls the speed. Essentially it’s a small computer that keeps the speed constant without the driver having to use the accelerator.
What are the benefits?
One of the main benefits of cruise control is that it can help prevent speeding on open stretches of road such as on a dual carriageway or motorway; thus saving you from any potential penalty points. It also saves your foot from getting tired on long journeys as you don’t need to keep your foot on the accelerator.
What do I need to be aware of?
It’s important that you continue to monitor the traffic and road conditions around you. Most cars with cruise control have buttons to increase and decrease the speed even after you have set it. If you need to stop suddenly, as soon as you press the brake, the cruise control will deactivate. Some car manufacturers offer adaptive cruise control which reacts to the car’s surroundings and brakes automatically without the driver having to interject.
If you do a lot of motorway driving in little traffic, cruise control is definitely the way to go.
The following video explains how to use cruise control if you already have it in your car..