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Old 10-23-2012, 06:20 PM   #11
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I use the CC most of the time. I found that I could maintain a safer speed and get better fuel mileage with CC engaged, it also makes driving much more enjoyable.
I do however disengage it when in Traffic! Southern California is known for the Traffic!
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:38 AM   #12
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I use cruise control in every rig I own. It's there to be used and I use it. In heavy traffic no point though like Steve said.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:50 AM   #13
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Old friend of mine used to call cruise control "dial-a-prayer", that was years ago and I still can't get it out of my mind.
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I use cruise control in every rig I own. It's there to be used and I use it. In heavy traffic no point though like Steve said.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:33 PM   #14
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For me, cruise control is safer being used than not. You sit very high off the road and do not get the same sensation of speed as you do in a car. Without cruise, I have a few time found my speed close to 80.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:52 PM   #15
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I seldom use mine as my foot doesn't get that tired from using the throttle and have a very controlled foot. I might use it more to keep the components exercised from time to time. I used to use it more until I fell asleep at the wheel in a Camaro while it was set at 75 mph going up the 95 in Nevada. I had left Las Vegas around midnight and while heading north on hwy 95 having been driving for a few hours, it was around 7am or so and I just passed Walker Lake, starting to feel tired and a little hypnotized I fell asleep on the two lane highway, when I felt the rumble strip on the opposite side of the road I awoke cranked the wheel to the right, hit the skids, ended up on the other side of the highway down the embankment facing back towards the south and all I seen was one big dust cloud. My 14 year old daughter woke up in the passenger seat and asked; what's going on daddy? If you seen what happened you would never believe the whole thing but that my guardian angel must have been by my side. People had stopped and couldn't believe it either. saying how the car was going off the road on the other side of the highway airborne and all of a sudden turned direction and then there was this huge dust cloud. Everyone thought I was a goner. This portion of highway sits about 25-30 feet above the lay of the land without guardrails on either side. It's a very dangerous stretch of highway. Most vehicles would have flipped or went off the other side at that speed. It was a miracle that I do not ever wish to experience again.

Not saying cruise control is unsafe, it is great for those whom enjoy it and don't do stupid $hit like I did.
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Old 03-07-2013, 03:53 PM   #16
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In some electronic engines, in trucks, power is increased when the cruise control in used.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:07 PM   #17
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I hardly ever and actually prefer not to use cruise. I am the minority here when I recommend that you don't use cruise. Your driving a very heavy vehicle and if you need to stop quick while using your cruise control is this possible? Maybe, Maybe not depending on your situation.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:27 PM   #18
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I don't use the cruise in heavy traffic but out on the interstate (typically western states), I use it almost all the time unless the road is wet. I have braked fairly hard for a rest area exit with the cruise control on. The only extra delay was that my foot was slightly further from the brake than if it had been on the throttle although I keep my foot on the floor right next to and almost touching the throttle. I would agree that if you don't keep your right foot close to the pedals a potentially significant extra delay could occur at 70 mph. I also find my fuel economy is better with the cruise control than without.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:40 PM   #19
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Without cruise control I would not be able to grab a cup of coffee and use the bathroom when I traveling alone unless I pulled over.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:32 AM   #20
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I know a semi driver that loves his cruise so much that he will getting take care of different duties while slightly hanging onto the wheel. Totally just scares the pee out of you! You could never go to sleep while riding with him.
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