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      Cruise control is weird. who really uses it?

      Granted I live in LA there aren't a loot of great opportunities to ever use it...however even on long road trips with no one on the road, it feels really weird using it. I naturally keep my foot above the gas/break pedal just in case i need to use them so i don't really see the point of using CC if my feet are already there.

      People who do use it, do you just rest your feet like you are sitting in a chair?

      Am i crazy?

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      I use it daily on my commute (35 miles/each way). I just rest my foot on the pedal as long as I don't actually press down it don't speed up. If I don't use it I catch myself speeding a lot. My car just really likes to cruise at 80mph..

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      If everybody picked a speed and stuck with it (cruise control), traffic would flow MUCH better, and I would probably crave alcohol less after work.
      You never use cruise?
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      Yes, I wouldn't own a car without it.

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      Have it, never use it. Ever.
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      I use Cruise control whenever I can.
      It drives me up the wall when I'm behind someone that is obviously not using their CC and their speed keeps wavering for no reason.

      Set it and forget it*


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      I use mine on almost every non-commuting highway trip I do.

      If traffic dictates that I hover over the pedals to feel safe... it's not safe for cruise control.
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      I only like to use it on manuels, I can't stand when autos are constantly downshifting at hills because it falls behind and can't anticipate it. If I know it's going to be flat for a while and I'm on a road trip I will use it.

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      The new adaptive cruise control is the best. It does not maintain a fixed speed under all circumstances. It varies your speed based on traffic ahead of you. If you set @ 70 and the guy in front is going 65, your speed gets reduced to 65 until it's safe to go faster.
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      I use it when I can drive mostly uninterrupted. Long interstate stretches are boring, and when I'm not near traffic, it's better to delegate some of the control over to HAL.
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      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      If everybody picked a speed and stuck with it (cruise control), traffic would flow MUCH better, and I would probably crave alcohol less after work.
      You never use cruise?
      F##k you and the rolling roadblock you rode in on.
      This. So much this.

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      I use it on long freeway trips. The system works really well on my Focus. My E36 didn't have it and it was OK for about 2 hours. Then you needed to stretch or move your leg from the uncomfortable seats and then you were screwed. Trying to hold the throttle with your left leg while trying to stretch your right was ugly, at best.

      I've driven from MSP-MEM numerous times in one day. 13 hours and over 800 miles. That sucks without cruise control.
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      All the time on road trips. When highways around here look like this:



      ...cruise control is your friend.
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      I love the adaptive cruise control on our vehicles and makes longer road trips so much more tolerable .... and safe.
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      I use it all the time. Whenever I leave town, its miles and miles of straight, flat road (for the most part).

      People that don't use cruise on the interstate drive me crazy. I've already seen your car once, no need to see it again thanks.

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      It would be an impossibility to use this regularly on highways around me in CT/NY, but during long road trips where highway traffic allows, I absolutely use it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by badsmell View Post
      Granted I live in LA there aren't a loot of great opportunities to ever use it...however even on long road trips with no one on the road, it feels really weird using it. I naturally keep my foot above the gas/break pedal just in case i need to use them so i don't really see the point of using CC if my feet are already there.

      People who do use it, do you just rest your feet like you are sitting in a chair?

      Am i crazy?
      You tend to use it a lot less in congested areas. I don't have cruise control on any of my cars, but Mrs McMike does. I can't tell you the last time we used it. You have to get many, many miles out of the DC area to be able to set it and forget it.

      However, I have it on my motorcycle and it's ****ing fantastic. I'll set it for 3-5 minutes sometimes just to give my right hand a rest, or if I need to zip a zipper or take a selfie.

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      I use it almost every time I'm on the highway, not much traffic up here in the sticks.

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      my commute contains a 20mi relatively straight stretch of 70mph interstate. I use CC everyday, twice a day. Set it to 74, get in the right lane, start audiobook.
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      Quote Originally Posted by D_B_Jetta View Post
      I use Cruise control whenever I can.
      Same, even if I only activate it for 30 seconds on a surface street. It's a huge safety feature, IMO. I get up to the speed limit (or whatever the appropriate safe speed is for the road conditions), hit cruise control and them I'm 100% focused on looking outside the car. I never have to be looking at the gauge cluster at all after that, I'm completely focused on scanning the road ahead with the comfort of knowing I'm not going too fast nor becoming a rolling road block by going too slow.

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      Quote Originally Posted by @McMike View Post
      You tend to use it a lot less in congested areas. I don't have cruise control on any of my cars, but Mrs McMike does. I can't tell you the last time we used it. You have to get many, many miles out of the DC area to be able to set it and forget it.

      However, I have it on my motorcycle and it's ****ing fantastic. I'll set it for 3-5 minutes sometimes just to give my right hand a rest, or if I need to zip a zipper or take a selfie.
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      Quote Originally Posted by cwescapexlt4x4 View Post
      I love the adaptive cruise control on our vehicles and makes longer road trips so much more tolerable .... and safe.
      this. Driving down to FL in the winter, I set the adaptive cruise to 80. One part I went 45 minutes without having to touch it. it got me 22.5 MPGs out of a V8 too!

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      I use it all the time for empty freeway driving. What I really want is the stop and go adaptive cruise control.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Bladecatcher View Post
      Triggered.

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      if you want to nerd out a tiny bit:

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      I use it often, but more to control my own foot. i find myself much less aggressive and trying to "win" while on cruise in the wifes Jeep.

      Jackie, on the other hand, is easy to keep consistent speeds in and gives me no desire to move fast.
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