120 lbs CO2 Per Year
$200 Savings Per Year
Cruise control can increase your fuel efficiency 7-14%!
During highway driving, cruise control helps maintain a steady speed. According to a test conducted by Edmunds.com, cruise control can provide a 7% average fuel savings, compared to driving without the device operating. These benefits come largely from driving on flat terrains, according to Edmunds. Cruise control maintains a constant vehicle speed. If you are driving on hilly roads, cruise control may cause your engine to speed up on climbing hills and slow down on the other side, reducing mileage, so use cruise control selectively. Using cruise control on 10,000 of the miles driven in a year could save you nearly $200 and save more than 60 gallons of fuel, according to the Department of Transportation (assuming $3 a gallon for fuel, 20 MPG, and 15,000 miles driven annually).
When using your cruise control and approaching a red light, stopped or slowing traffic, a freeway interchange, an intersection or anywhere when you need to slow down use the “Coast” or “Decelerate” function or button on your cruise control to let the vehicle coast down rather than using your brakes to disengage the cruise function. After you pass the slow down then accelerate back to your desired speed with the throttle pedal, NOT the resume button and click the speed set button at your stabilized speed.
Cruise control is far more common on American cars than European cars, because the roads in America are generally bigger and straighter, and destinations are farther apart.