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How and When to Use Cruise Control. Warning- NEVER Use Cruise Control On Wet Pavement

April 6, 2010 · 32 comments

in Car/Driving, Misc Tips

A lot of people are on the road this week, traveling far and wide for Spring Break.  Well, I am here at home in Michigan, thinking about everyone else that is out there driving.

So one thing I think about when contemplating a long drive is how much money I am going to end up paying for gas.  Since I am naturally cheap, I try and think of any way to spread out those stops between gas stations.  One way to make gas last longer is to use cruise control.   Actually, a study done by Edmunds.com found that you can save up to 14 percent by using cruise control, with the average driver saving around  7 percent.  Of course, cruise control is great to use on a nice sunny day, but there are times you should not use cruise control.

Never Use Cruise Control In the Following Situations:

  1. Driving in rain/snow/sleet. Driving with cruise control in wet conditions can cause wheel spin and a loss of control.   Please warn your friends and family of this danger as it is not very well known.
  2. Driving in mountainous/hilly areas. Using cruise control in these situations will actually use MORE gas
  3. Driving when tired or fatigued. This is because the car will not slow down if you start to drift off for a second like it would if you were not using cruise control.  (If you are tired to the point where you are drifting, you should not be on the road period.)

So, please keep all the suggestions written above in mind when traveling on your next trip, or even to work if there isn’t much traffic.  For me, I plan on enjoying the beautiful weather at home and not spend much time on the road.  To all of you driving to Florida and back or wherever, drive safe and have a wonderful time.

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