Tips for Using Cruise Control Safely

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Experienced Car Accident Lawyer Offers Tips on Safe Cruise Control Use for Georgia Drivers

Cruise control was once a luxury feature offered only on high-end vehicles. Today, however, it is a standard feature on most SUVs, sedans, and trucks. While standard in most cars today, many drivers are unaware of how to use cruise control properly.

Considering the weather, traffic, and how your vehicle handles the road are just part of the equation to using your cruise control safely. So, next time you are on the road, consider these expert tips.

Reach a Safe Speed First

Before engaging cruise control, get to your desired, safe speed first. While you can speed up and slow down using the buttons associated with cruise control, these are not designed to get you up to a faster speed from 0 miles per hour. Instead, they are there as minor adjustments to your cruising speed only.

Cruise control is most effective when it runs from 55 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour. It will help you save gas, keep your vehicle efficient, and prevent you from getting a ticket – if you cruise at the posted speed limit.

Know How to Turn It Off

Familiarize yourself with your cruise control operation. Some vehicles have a different button to turn off cruise control, while others use the same button to turn it on and off. Regardless, you should know which buttons accelerate, decelerate, hold the speed, and turn off cruise control before using it.

Assess the Traffic Situation

Cruise control is not there for driving in stop-and-go traffic. Instead, it is designed to be used when you are driving a long distance on an open road, such as a highway. When you are going through heavy traffic, rely on your gas and brake pedals manually and never use cruise control.

Furthermore, if you are approaching a school zone, construction zone, or anywhere that speeds are reduced, kick off cruise control and operate the vehicle manually.

Never Use Cruise Control in Poor Weather

Cruise control is not for the hazardous weather. Heavy rain, sleet, ice, and snow require that you be extra cautious – and you cannot slow or pump your brake pedal while cruise control is engaged. Always use your good judgment when deciding if the conditions are safe to use cruise control.

Avoid Distractions

Your vehicle maybe maintaining its speed on its own, but that does not mean you can be inattentive to the road ahead or your surroundings. You still need to focus ahead, check for traffic, monitor your sides and rear, and react when necessary. Cruise control is not autopilot.

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