Automotive Cruise Control
There's no doubt cruise control is an important option of today's cars, especially of those sold in the United States where people use to go in long trips, traveling hundreds of miles on straight and large highways.
In this context, cruise control is an extraordinary addition to one's car, especially if taking into account two main advantages:
It helps the driver relax his legs
Reduces overall fuel consumption by keeping the same speed for a longer period.
In most cars, cruise control buttons are installed straight on the steering wheel, while older models provide a separate lever similar to the ones used for headlights and windscreen wipers. Basic systems are often equipped with three or four buttons (on, off, resume and coast), whereas newer variants are mostly based on one or two controls that allow the driver to enable the system and to set the maximum/minimum cruising speed. In new cars, the cruise control is automatically disabled once the driver presses the clutch pedal, the brake or the throttle.