The downside? Ya better remember to disengage it next time you run off the
highway. Fall asleep, or take an unintended off-road excursion, and until
you disengage, you'll still be doing CC speed when you engage that bridge
abutment, oak tree, or parked D-9 Cat.
> > Hey Long distance drivers,
> > For those who use cruise control, does it tend to cause a greater
> > consumption of fuel than driving with it off?
> > I have cc on my van but I've never used it and was curious if anyone
> > out there made a comparison. Thanks in advance,
> > Marc
> > (Hey Ellen, if your reading this, you may be my best responder!)
> Depends on whether there are mountains and big hills. When CC hits a
> mountain, it's going to maintain MPH, meaning it floors it. CC isn't
> cheaper, it's just easier.
> The downside? Ya better remember to disengage it next time you run off the
Of course when I'm going sailing and the wind is blowing CC is that
last thing on my mind. I usually end up breaking a few laws on my way
to the sailing site ;-)
>I'm agreeing with Kurt. You can do better by anticipating slow-downs,
>allowing the vehicle to lose speed on grades, and accelerating slowly after
>a forced slow-down. On the wide open flats - speed control might beat out a
>tired driver whose constantly changing speeds.
I think in my case I do better fuel-wise when I do not use it, especially when
I am in a hurry. I have found that a heavier foot gets me better mileage. I
have a supercharger and it seems that the quicker I get that thing working for
me the better my mileage is. I think that combined with when my truck shifts
has a lot to do with it. I seem to waste a lot of fuel just getting out of
first unless I accelerate harder.
>> I'd ask Google about the details, but the slight fuel consumption
>> would pale compared to the convenience of CC, in my book.
> I agree. Set the CC so you don't get a ticket, grab your iPod with a
> good audiobook on it, and relax. I just disengage it when it looks
> like I'd make better decisions than the CC, hills, traffic, etc. I use
> it all the time on flats when pulling a boat, haven't noticed increased
> fuel consumption. Actually, I probably get better fuel consumption
> because I set the speed a little lower and it's very constant. If I'm
> driving I tend to go a bit faster and end up speeding up and slowing
> down more.
>> The downside? Ya better remember to disengage it next time you run off
> I don't see that as a problem, since hitting the brake is the first
> reaction and that disengages it. Obviously you don't want to go in the
> back and make a cup of tea...
> Of course when I'm going sailing and the wind is blowing CC is that
> last thing on my mind. I usually end up breaking a few laws on my way
> to the sailing site ;-)
If you insist on maintaining the same speed at all times, either manually or
by computer, you will waste gas.
I have also found it helpful to accelerate on a downhill when approaching an
uphill, then use my extra momentum to get me up the hill. the worst thing
for gas mileage is for your *** to downshift and this technique can avoid
making annual 900 mile trip to OBX next month.
(last year of gas costing less than housing)
But a guy I knew a long time ago who sort of drove for a living (his family had
a chain of candy stores spread across the USA and he drove thousands of miles a
month sometimes) always had his vehicles altered so that the throttle return
spring was extra-strong and he never, ever had cruise control.
His rationale was along the lines of dozing while driving.... the throttle
return spring was so strong that if the driver dozed and relazed his foot, the
power came off.
I still use my cruise... but that guy's outlook had definately affected how I
>>Hey Long distance drivers,
>>For those who use cruise control, does it tend to cause a greater
>>consumption of fuel than driving with it off?
>>I have cc on my van but I've never used it and was curious if anyone
>>out there made a comparison. Thanks in advance,
>>(Hey Ellen, if your reading this, you may be my best responder!)
One advantage with a leg like mine. It comes with a sort of cruise
control built in. Get to the desired speed and lock the knee. :)
All kidding aside, I really do like my CC.
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