I won't ever use it. I had a very bad and scary experience with it. My older sister and I were on our way from Ca to NDak because our mother had passed. She drove from Ca to Las Vegas. I drove from there to Roberts, Idaho. There it was her her turn. I had been driving thru blowing snow and ice. So she starts driving she puts it on. So at mile marker 172 she hit the brakes to take it off. She lost control hit black ice. She put us down a 30 ft embankment. We should have rolled, instead the rear tire popped of the rim and dug into the ground. There we were stuck. A school bus passing by saw it happen and called for help.
Scary drop into the ditch. I would never use it in those kinds of driving conditions though. I do like it. About two-thirds of my commute to work is on the interstate, but through town. I can't use it driving in because there is way too much traffic for it to be safe, but I've started using it coming home late at night when the traffic is very light. Everything I've read says that it does save on gas. But I am very careful to turn the cruise control sustem completely off when I get off the interstate. I've also read horror stories of the system being on and it getting activated unexpectedly. With the controls on the steering wheel, I see how that could happen.
Fernykins, I am sorry that happened to you. I just read something about not using cruise control in rain, snow, or ice because when you hit a bad patch on the road the cruise control causes the car to acclerate (right when you don't want it to) then when you try to brake the car has already become out of control and lots of accidents happen that way. I only use my cruise control when I am driving long distances and not in bad weather anymore.
Cruise control is perfectly safe to use in clear, dry conditions because it is shut off with a tap of the brakes. But it's definitely dangerous in any wet or icy conditions. If I'm on a lonely stretch of highway I will use it, but not in traffic, and not on a quick 2-mile jump down the freeway like here.
I dont's have cruise control on the vehicle that I use everyday but when I take long trips in the van I do use it. I think the only way it saves me money is because with it on, I never go over the speed limit.
I agree about not using it in traffic. When I said I use it going home at night when the traffic is light, I meant really light. Three or four lanes, clumps of maybe four or five cars -- you know how they bunch up -- with big empty gaps between them. And my interstate drive is long enough to make it worthwhile. But I don't do it all the time.
I've used it when we were in the lower 48, but there just aren't highways like that here in Anchorage... If we were driving outside of town I'd use it, but not on ice, snow, or low visibility...driving up here can get hairy real quick... :snowing:
I use mine all the time, as for loosing control by hitting the brakes to turn it off, I just it the cruise button and shut if off. I've never felt that I have less control over the car by having it on.
I do not have cruise in my truck (1996 stick shift). But when I go out of town and rent a vehicle I do use it. My sis, who was a professional truck (as in semi) driver taught me to never use the cruise during rain, sleet, ice, snow etc. Even semi trucks have cruise (I did not know that before) and that's what they are taught.
I use cruise control only on long road trips when traffic on the freeway/interstate isn't heavy; never use it while driving around town; when its raining or the road is icy, I don't use it on the interstate and local roads.
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