What are the benefits of cruise control?

When you’re driving for long periods of time, you can get tired or distracted. However, most of the time, people search for cars with cruise control in order to assist in these situations. First, let’s just review the basic concept of cruise control. Cruise control lets drivers take their foot off the gas pedal, while their car remains moving at a set speed. Many cruise control systems are used to ensure safer driving and speed control.

Cruise control comes standard on most Subaru vehicles, and at South Shore Subaru, we want our customers to understand the benefits of cruise control, as well as potential drawbacks. This post will cover both the positive and negative aspects of cruise control and introduce the newer technology, adaptive cruise control. Are you debating getting a vehicle with cruise control? Continue reading to find out if this technology can benefit you.


There are several key benefits of using cruise control, including:

·        Fuel Efficiency: Because your vehicle consumes more gas every time you step on the gas pedal to accelerate, cruise control offers an opportunity to increase your MPG and reduce the cost of gas. Since you won’t be stepping on the gas pedal, your vehicle will use less gas as you drive. In addition, when you’re driving on the interstate as high speeds for long periods of times, cruise control also keeps your engine consuming gas at a set pace, increasing fuel efficiency. The bottom line is, but utilizing cruise control in specific situations, you can save money and put less stress on your engine.

·        Prevent Speeding: At South Shore Subaru, we know that sometimes people end up driving above the legal speed limit without even realizing it. However, this is no excuse if you get pulled over by a police officer. Cruise control lets you set your speed and then forget it so you know that you won’t accidentally go too fast.

·        Increasing Focus: since you don’t have to focus as much on maintaining the proper speed, you can spend more time focusing on your steering and ensuring that you can avoid any obstacles that may arise

·        Comfort: reduces fatigue and keeps you in a comfortable position throughout your ride

·        Easy to Use: Cruise control is typically easy to set and also simple to disengage. Simply put your foot on the brake pedal and you can easily disengage cruise control and go back to manual acceleration. You also have the option to engage and disengage cruise control on your dashboard, keeping you in control on your road trips.

These all sound like great reasons to seek out a vehicle that comes with cruise control, but you still want to be aware of the potential pitfalls of this technology, including the following:

·        Getting Too Relaxed: You don’t want to depend on cruise control for all your driving. While this technology allows you to put less focus on your acceleration, you still need to pay attention to everything around you. Make sure you don’t zone out and fail to react to sudden incidents, like a car ahead braking suddenly or a serious thunderstorm beginning. Reacting to changing road conditions is still crucial when you utilize cruise control.

·        Not Using Caution: Although these circumstances are rare, there is a chance of cruise control failing. Therefore, you always need to keep your attention on the road and notice if your speed starts changing. Cruise control is meant to highlight the benefits mentioned earlier, but everyone should be aware of its limitations.

Now that we’ve gone over the typical cruise control features, let’s look at some of the more advanced adaptive cruise control (ACC).

Adaptive Cruise Control

ACC can automatically slow down and speed up based on traffic patterns. Just like regular cruise control, you set the maximum speed, but then a sensor assessed the traffic ahead and instructs your vehicle to remain a certain time-distance behind the vehicle directly in front of you.

ACC can counter some of the pitfalls of regular cruise control because it adapts to stop-and-go, rush-hour commute traffic. Normally, you would have to disengage cruise control when you’re going from 65 mph to a sudden crawl, due to the heavy traffic. But, with ACC, it automatically switches speeds without driver action.

Subaru EyeSight®

If you come down to your Long Island Subaru dealership, South Shore Subaru, you can check out all our new vehicles that are equipped with Subaru EyeSight®  technology, such as the 2019 Subaru Forester, 2019 Subaru Legacy, 2019 Subaru Outback, and 2019 Subaru Ascent.

One part of the Subaru EyeSight®  includes ACC, but there are also tons of different benefits to this safety feature. Basically, it acts as an extra set of eyes on the road. It is powered by a pair of dual color cameras that use 3D processing in order to prevent accidents. EyeSight® can see other vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, lane markings and brake lights. However, the Subaru EyeSight® is a driver assistant and shouldn’t be confused with an automatic driving system. This still means that the driver must remain alert and should never rely solely on EyeSight® to do the driving.

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