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Old 04-12-2011, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Clovis Strong, NM
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I personally can't live without when I'm driving and utilize it every chance I get.
The fuel savings are rather noticeable and makes the trip more enjoyable.
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Old 04-12-2011, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Afghanistan
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I pick up 4 MPG when I use my cruise. I do this by using the coast feature and the 1 mph per tap of the cruise. This on a Toyota Echo with an aftermarket cruise. BTW I get 38 mpg in mixed driving.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Another way it saves money is it reduces your chance of getting a speeding ticket. I religiously use cruise control however I do realize when it isn't safe to be used. In heavy traffic conditions or certain weather conditions I do not use cruise control.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:48 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Always use cruise control whenever possible. Accelerate to speed, set cruise and then turn the music up.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:50 PM
 
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Always use cruise control whenever possible. Accelerate to speed, set cruise and then turn the music up.
Yep.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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My cruise is broke on my 85 olds & has been since i got it in 5/96. I did use the cruise on my 90 Tbird when i drove the car for 7 yrs but not alot.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:57 PM
 
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I don't get how cruise control saves gas. Engine braking on downhills, extra gas uphill, unable to anticipate, etc.

Try this instead: Give a little extra gas, maintain speed uphill (or slowly lose speed), if you're passing, accelerate slowly.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:58 PM
 
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I do wish I had cruise when I drove straight from Pittsburgh, PA, to Austin, TX.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Very seldom do I have an opportunity to use my cruise control. Most trips are too short with too many stops.
A side note: This post made me think about my high beams. I rarely get to use those either.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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Using cruise is damn near impossible in SoCal. Traffic is too erratic to make it worthwhile. But back when I was living in NC and had a 65+ mile one way (all freeway) I used it all the time. As to whether it saves more fuel, I dunno. Depends on what your driving habits are when you're not using it.

Mike
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