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Current Category: Cruise Control
  1. How does car cruise control work?
  2. What are the safety features of car cruise control?
  3. What are the Benefits of car cruise control ?
  4. What are the different types of Cruise Controls?
  5. Can I use Cruise Control when it rains, snows or the roads are icy??


1.   How does car cruise control work?
 

Cruise control is designed to maintain a fairly constant speed without any driver input. It maintains the speed (set by the driver) by monitoring road speed and using an electronically controlled actuator to open or close the vehicle’s throttle.

  
2.   What are the safety features of car cruise control?
 

Cruise control can reduce driver distraction by removing the need to constantly monitor vehicle speed. It shouldn’t be used in the city, heavy traffic, wet or slippery conditions or when braking or slowing down is required to negotiate bends.

The cruise control function is deactivated when the brake or clutch pedal is depressed, the cancel switch (if fitted) is touched or the main switch is turned off and for safety reasons, most systems will not operate below about 60 km/h.

  
3.   What are the Benefits of car cruise control ?
 

Cruise control can lower your vehicle’s fuel consumption by reducing sudden throttle movements that waste fuel.  An experienced and fuel economy conscious driver may be able to drive more economically without using cruise control, though less skilled drivers would probably derive some benefit from its use. The actual benefit achieved will, therefore, depend on the driver’s skill level.

  
4.   What are the different types of Cruise Controls?
 

Intelligent cruise control 

Intelligent cruise control systems use radar to sense vehicles on the road ahead and can alter the set speed to maintain a safe following distance.

Intelligent systems can also apply the vehicle’s brakes to maintain a safe following distance or prevent the vehicle over-speeding when descending hills.

Conventional cruise control 

Conventional cruise control systems are not connected to the vehicle’s brakes, so they won’t prevent a vehicle from over speeding when travelling down a steep hill. This means the driver still needs to monitor road speed to a certain extent and apply the brakes where necessary.

  
5.   Can I use Cruise Control when it rains, snows or the roads are icy??
 

This is not recommended as the cruise control is designed for normal road conditions.  It doesn’t know when the pavement is slippery.  Under slick conditions, you need to be in complete control and monitoring road conditions.  You’re more likely to notice hydroplaning if you are not relying on the cruise control.
 

With some cars, it is possible that the wheels will actually spin faster when the cruise control is on and the car hits a slippery spot.  When the tires make contact with firm road again, the car can skid or lose control.
 

On most cars, the cruise control is disengaged by tapping on the brake.  In an emergency, this adds a fraction of a second to your response time as well as the risk of the braking action itself causing a loss of control on a slippery road.