Some people use their cruise control at every opportunity where others neglect their cruise control feature. Using your cruise control feature increases fuel efficiency and is an opportunity for relaxation on the road in addition to other benefits for you and your vehicle. However, the problem is that too many drivers do not know how to optimize this feature and when to use it and not to use it. With that in mind, we at Speedway Towing and Roadside Assistance would like to share when cruise control should not be utilized.
When NOT to Use Cruise Control
1) In traffic. A disaster waiting to happen is attempting to turn on cruise control while driving on a city road, especially when traffic is heavy. If other automobiles are around you, a dangerous situation can be when activating cruise control; you are essentially removing your control of the throttle for a brief period, so relying on the automation of your vehicle to press the gas. When navigating through traffic, do not flip on your cruise control and avoid collisions and the need of tow.
2) When you are feeling fatigued. A rather tempting idea may be to set the cruise control while you’re driving home late at night. Unfortunately, the little effort on your part and the steadiness of the ride could contribute to drift off and to not let the distractions keep you vigilant. It is imperative that you do all you can to avoid feeling too relaxed while you drive when you are feeling tired and to not allow temptation to take the easy road. Too many people fall asleep at the wheel, resulting in collisions that can vary in car damages to injuries and even prove fatal. Not only will falling asleep at the wheel pose a hazard to yourself, but you put other motorists at risk. In the event you cannot stay awake no matter your attempts to stay awake, pull over and phone a loved to pick you up or get some rest on the side of the road if it is a long distance trip.
3) In poor weather conditions. Do not make use of your cruise control on your vehicle when the weather conditions turn grim, it is imperative. The last thing you need is for your vehicle to be controlling itself when the streets become slippery, the visibility decreases, and the winds increase. During poor weather, always stay in control of the vehicle, reduce the speed and pay attention to your surroundings.
4) But do use cruise control on the open highway. The best place to activate this beneficial feature is on the open highway. To minimize any irregular increases in speed that may take away from your fuel efficiency on the highway stretch, this is essentially the perfect time to take advantage of cruise control. Keep in mind to steer however and remain diligent in your safety.
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