Skimp on your gas expenditure by using cruise control.
Any motorist that has been on a long drive on the open road will know how useful the cruise control setting is. This nifty technology was originally invented in 1788 to help monitor the speed of steam engines. It wasn’t until 1945 that cruise control was introduced to the automobile.
This technology is still used today, making long drives easier, keeping at a constant speed, and saving us money. As well as that, it’s a feature in almost every car on the road.
How does cruise control help?
Setting your cruise control at the posted speed limit can help you to avoid speeding tickets and all the expenses (traffic school, increased auto insurance rates, etc.) that go with them.
Also, by limiting the amount of fuel that your engine receives, cruise control can improve your fuel economy. If you set your speed at a steady 60 mph, you can increase your gas mileage even more! Driving at 70 mph uses more fuel (17.2 percent, to be exact) than driving at 60 mph.
Turn off cruise control for certain situations. Although cruise control has many benefits, it’s not viable for every situation.
- On winding roads, in heavy traffic, and when approaching a bridge – Attempting to drive at a constant speed when there are situations in which you should slow down is clearly not a recipe for success.
- On icy roads and in rain – Any condition that presents slippery roads, the danger of sliding or hydroplaning increases. When this happens, the best thing to do is to slow down. If you use cruise control in this situation, you could lose control of your vehicle.
- When you’re tired – If the car is doing most of the legwork, you may just ‘rest your eyes and drift off. If you’re tired, always pull over for a cat nap or coffee!