Cruise Control


Am I the last person on the planet to know about cruise control?!

We have a Ford C-Max. It’s a great car for a big family. It’s the first diesel car I’ve ever had and it’s also the first automatic car I’ve ever had.

Cruise Control Seriously, after driving an automatic, I don’t understand why anyone drives a manual. It takes a couple of days to adjust, but once you’re past that initial hurdle, it’s a dream come true.

But cruise control? I knew of the term cruise control but I never picked up on the feature being in the C-Max, or really knowing what it meant.

Last week, I was driving along when I noticed the cruise control switch on the steering wheel. Three years we’ve had this car and I never picked up on it before. I pressed it, selected a speed, confirmed with a button press and then, just like that, the car took over the control of the acceleration for me.

Mind, as they say, blown!

And that’s what cruise control is. The car will keep your car purring along at a designated speed. I was coming up to a part of the motorway where the speed was restricted to 50mph and there were average speed cameras. No problem! I put the cruise control on at 50 and it took all the anxiety about speeding from me. Brilliant!

Later on, again on a motorway, I was at 70mph and put the cruise control on. What struck me was the amount of people who continued to overtake me at a much faster speed. I know that very few people stick to 70 on a motorway, but when you set the speed to a specific amount using cruise control, it really makes it clear.

If you do long journeys then it’s great. You can say goodbye to foot cramp or achy legs. It’s important to still be really alert. You are still in control of the vehicle. It just makes driving long distances much easier.

You probably already know about all of this, but, just in case you don’t, check it out! It was a very pleasant and welcome surprise!

17 Comments

  1. 3 November 2016
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    Oh my goodness I’ve never tried it but have heard of it. I’m not sure I feel comfortable doing that but with automatic cars that are inevitable I guess I’ll need to get used to this idea.

  2. 3 November 2016
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    I always use cruise control when driving through the horrible average spread cameras on the M3! But did you know not to use if it’s wet as really dangerous and causes accidents.

  3. 3 November 2016
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    My husband occasionally borrows my Dad’s car which is automatic and has cruise control and it makes his life so much easier. 2 x 3/4 hour drives everyday mean that we are saving up for this!!!

  4. 4 November 2016
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    I have heard of this but never tried it. I stopped driving 14 years ago as I let the hubby drive when the kids were little. I really need to tart driving again:)

  5. 5 November 2016
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    I don’t drive but it is such a great little gadget for the car!

  6. 5 November 2016
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    I’ve known about it for years as my dads always have had it but i don’t think any of mine have had that feature.

  7. 5 November 2016
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    I love cruise control – especially through all the annoying roadworks

  8. 5 November 2016
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    I know nothing at all about cars, especially automatics it sounds fab though

  9. I loved mine in my old car, the journey I do everyday now though it would be useless because we stop start all the time. It’s great though for longer hour journeys and when it’s quiet x X

  10. 6 November 2016
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    I’ve always thought cruise control was really fancy! I don’t think I’ve ever had a car with it, but I’d love to give it a go. And after driving an automatic for the past few years, I actually miss driving manual!!

  11. 7 November 2016
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    My car isn’t fancy enough for cruise control. Would love to try it x

  12. Fiona jk42
    7 November 2016
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    We lived in the US for 11 years, where pretty much all cars are automatic and have cruise control. There would always be items on local news bulletins or in our local paper about yet another accident being caused by cruise control. Only use it if you are very wide awake, never late at night or towards the end of a long drive.

  13. Niki Marie Wardle
    12 November 2016
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    Great idea but in reality I’d be too wary of handing over the reigns to a computer… Oh and the fact that I don’t drive might prevent me using cruise control.. ????

  14. Helen
    18 November 2016
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    I don’t have cruise control on my car 🙁 but I’ve seen reports that it can be quite dangerous to use on wet roads, something to do with revs, maybe read up about it. I don’t know much more than that, sorry.

  15. William Gould
    21 November 2016
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    I’ve never had cruise control as my with refuses to have an automatic! She doesn’t like change and thinks it would be difficult to learn to drive one…
    Saying that, we rarely go on long journeys anyway…

    • William Gould
      22 November 2016
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      … that should say MY WIFE not my with…

  16. Angela Cringle
    30 November 2016
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    Don’t think i would try this, scarry

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