22 Apr

How a Cruise Control System Operates

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Cruise control systems are extremely useful for vehicles. They not only make driving a little more convenient, but in the end they also help prevent exhaustion for drivers on the road during long trips.

They have also been useful for people who have a tendency to speed as well, helping them avoid speeding tickets when they lose track of how fast they’re going.

Cruise control systems are more useful in America than other countries, considering the roads in this country tend to be straighter and wider than those in other countries. Trips typically take longer as well. And while adaptive cruise control is in development, automatically adjusting the speed of the car to avoid hitting the one in front, conventional cruise control is still relevant.

Here’s how cruise control systems work in vehicles.

The Purpose of Cruise Control

While the main purpose of a cruise control system is to maintain a constant speed for your vehicle, it actually has other functions as well. One function the cruise control serves is to make altering the vehicle’s speed easier, with some allowing you to simply press a button to make the car go 1 mph faster or 1 mph slower.

Some other features of certain cruise control systems include:

  • On/off buttons – when you press “on”, this tells the system that you might press another button, while “off” will instantly disengage the cruise control. Some don’t have this feature and will require the use of the brake to disable the cruise control.
  • Set/accel buttons – Pressing these buttons will simply maintain whatever speed the vehicle is at currently, while holding the button down will actually accelerate the vehicle. Once pressed, pressing once again will accelerate the vehicle by 1 mph.
  • Resume buttons – If you have disengaged the cruise control, you can bring it back up to whatever speed you left it at with these buttons.
  • Coast buttons – Holding these buttons down will make the car decelerate rapidly, while pressing it once will cause a decrease in speed of 1 mph.
  • Clutch/brake pedal switches – These switches will disengage the cruise control once the driver presses down on the pedal.

Another factor to keep in mind is how safely you drive when using cruise control. You wouldn’t want to set it too fast and crash into a bollard pole.

Conventional Systems

Conventional cruise control systems vary in complexity depending on their parts. If your car doesn’t currently have a cruise control system, consider purchasing a complete cruise control kit to take advantage of this feature inexpensively.

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