Cruise control
May 18, 2008, 2:31 pm
Filed under: Frugality

My VW Golf has cruise control, but to be honest with you, I’ve always been a bit wary of using the feature. I get visions of demon cars taking over at the flip of a switch and ramming your engine up to 100 mph while there’s nothing you can do to stop it and you wind up driving off a cliff and dying in an abyss all because you innocently decided to give cruise control a try.

Well, I got over my childish fears and used cruise control on my way to and from work yesterday. My car didn’t take me hostage, but rather seemed quite happy to travel along at a constant speed. Once I got used to it, I enjoyed not having to worry about accelerating or decelerating on the highway and getting to pay attention to the rest of the highway.

I decided to use cruise control on the highway primarily as a way to conserve gas and save money(although watching my speeding never hurts either). I’ll be keeping a special eye on my gas meter to see if there’s any sort of difference. Does anyone have experience using cruise control and noticed how much gas/money you’ve managed to save by using it?


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If you are driving properly at a fairly constant speed and using your momentum down hills to get up the next hill etc. then you won’t notice many savings.

Mostly it stops people from ‘creeping’ their speed up a few MPH over their trip and wasting gas.

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