How to Safely Use Cruise Control?
November 6, 2017 -
Cruise control makes driving a bit easier by allowing you to set the speed you want to travel at without pressing the gas pedal. This can make it easier to stay under the speed limit and aid in avoiding reckless driving behaviors. It’s essential to be smart and safe when using this function on your vehicle. Follow these tips to utilize cruise control without compromising safety.
Watch the Road
Automatic acceleration means you need to keep your eyes on the road even more vigilantly than before since you’re traveling at a constant speed. You’ll need to watch for cars coming in your lane, a reckless driver, or unexpected items in the roadway. Once you apply the brake cruise control automatically stops as an added safety feature.
Keep your foot on the brake
Keep your foot very close to the brake when using cruise control in case you need to stop suddenly. It’s common to use cruise at high speeds on the highway, sometimes in excess of 70mph. Taking your foot away from the accelerator is absolutely fine, but keep your foot ready to press that brake pedal at any point.
Stay under the speed limit when using cruise. You can still get a ticket if you’re using it and engage in speeding or other behaviors that classify you as a reckless driver. Activate cruise a few miles under the speed limit to account for small changes in speed such as going down hills.
Cruise control is not ideal for all road conditions. When the roads are wet or covered in snow, you need to have the most control possible. Staying at one constant speed can be dangerous and lead to an accident if you start sliding off the road or need to slow down for a sharp curve.
Cruise control is a convenient feature for most vehicles if used correctly. If you or someone you know is injured in an accident, call Reyna Law Firm today for a consultation and to determine your next course of action.
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