Cruise control benefits not limited to maintaining a constant speed

Many drivers don't use cruise control, a decades-old feature that may be more beneficial for you and your car than you may think.

Cruise control was first used in automobiles in the 1940s, although it was first created to control steam engines. It is meant to help drivers maintain a steady speed on the road, but it can also help drivers save money, a posting on the Jones Junction blog said.

But cruise control also has other benefits, the posting said.

Using the feature helps with fuel economy. It saves the driver from using excessive acceleration and deceleration, which, in turn, saves money on gas.

Cruise control also aids the comfort of drivers on long-distance trips. Instead of having to go through hours of manually maintaining the speed limit while watching the speedometer, let cruise control take over and enjoy the ride with ease.

Lastly, cruise control can help drivers avoid tickets. Driving consistently at whatever speed limit is set for a given area can help prevent speeding. This simple solution can help drivers avoid a ticket, being ordered to attend driving school and skyrocketing insurance rates.

While Jones Junction laid out times when cruise control is beneficial, the blog also mentioned that the function is not recommended for use on winding roads, in heavy traffic, on roads with hazardous weather conditions, or when the driver is tired.

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Jones Junction 1508 Belair Road Bel Air, MD 21014