When your car is on cruise control and you are driving down the highway, the last thing you want to do is hit the brakes.
Since you’ve turned on the cruise control, can you still use the brakes?
What happens if you hit the brakes during using cruise control?
You don’t have to worry about damaging your car if you use the brakes while the car is on cruise control. However, once you manually apply your car’s brakes, your cruise control settings will be immediately deactivated.
At first, it might sound like putting on the brakes while your car is on cruise control could damage your car. The good news is that you won’t have to worry about this while driving.
You can do something else if you don’t want this to happen. We suggest that you use the “decelerate” button on your car’s cruise control panel instead of the brakes.
By doing this, you can keep your car in cruise control instead of using the brakes and then having to change the settings for cruise control.
Should I Turn Off Cruise Control Before Hitting The Brakes?
Even though most people don’t do it, you can use your brakes while your car is on cruise control. It won’t hurt your cruise control or any other parts of your car.
If you do need to use the brakes when on cruise control, we recommend you give them a gentle tap, rather than a quick pressing that sends the brake pedal straight to the floor.
Doing so lets you come to a more gradual stop, which is usually safer in most circumstances.
Remember, the moment you apply the brakes manually, this shuts off your car’s cruise control system.
Thus, when you want to get back up to cruising speed, you will need to once again set your cruise control settings to where they were previously.
When your car is in cruise control, the system is set up so that it has nothing to do with the brakes.
Instead, your car’s cruise control is linked to the way you drive.
If you are driving a car with a manual transmission and have the cruise control on, remember that applying the brakes and pressing the clutch to change gears will both turn off your current settings.
What Happens When You Use Brakes on Cruise Control?
When you use the brakes while your car is on cruise control, the cruise control settings stop working automatically.
But no matter what kind of car you are driving, turning off your cruise control does not mean that the system is linked to your car’s brakes in any way.
Instead, cruise control is linked to a car’s system for speeding up.
On newer cars, a small, electronically-controlled valve keeps track of your car’s speed and makes adjustments to keep it within the range you set for your cruise control.
ACC, which stands for “Adaptive Cruise Control,” is a feature that can be found on many newer cars.
Unlike a normal cruise control system, which keeps your car going at the speed you set, the ACC changes your car’s speed based on the road conditions, which may change all the time.
With a set of sensors built into the car, the ACC can constantly monitor what’s going on around you while you’re driving. It can then use this information to adjust your brakes and speed as needed.
Does Adaptive Cruise Control Use Brakes?
Yes, if your car has adaptive cruise control, this system will use your brakes to control how fast you go.
But even though ACC uses your brakes to keep your speed in check, it has not been shown to wear out your brakes any faster than when you use your brakes manually while driving.
Also, remember that both ACC and traditional cruise control systems have a switch that lets you turn the system on and off.
So, if you need to slow down more than you thought, using this switch may help you stop using your brakes when you don’t need to.
Can Cruise Control Work on Winding Roads?
Most of the time, you’ll use your car’s cruise control on long, flat stretches of highway. However, you can also use it on roads that curve and have different bumps.
But we don’t think it’s a good idea to use cruise control in these situations.
Once you set the speed for your cruise control, your car will stay at that speed no matter what the road is like.
If your car has ACC, you may find it easier to use your cruise control in these situations because ACC works with your brakes to make adjustments as you drive.
Is ACC Better than Traditional Cruise Control?
Most car experts tend to agree that Adaptive Cruise Control has more benefits than traditional cruise control systems.
Since an ACC can use its sensors to keep an eye on the traffic around you, we think it might make it less likely that you will get into an accident.
Also, since the ACC can keep an eye on your surroundings, you can drive with less stress.
Once you’ve set your ACC, you can pretty much just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Even though an ACC doesn’t make your car drive itself, it gives you a lot of peace of mind when you’re behind the wheel.
Now that you know you can use your brakes even when your car is on cruise control, you may be even more likely to use it as much as possible.
After all, if you do this, you’ll save gas, be able to drive more easily, and know that you’re still in control if you need to stop quickly.