Chevy Cruze: How to Use Cruise Control

Cruise control is a cool way to put your vehicle on autopilot, so to speak. In this setting, the vehicle can maintain speeds of 25mph or more without having to press the accelerator. However, it will not set at below 25mph. In addition, the feature disconnects when the brake is applied.

While this is a wonderful feature, be aware that cruise control can be dangerous on winding roads, in traffic, and on wet, slippery, or icy roads. With that being said, here are the steps to follow to set your Cruise Control.

Enable Cruise Control

  1. On the left of your steering wheel, you will find the Cruise Control buttons. Press the top of the button to turn the system on.
  2. You will then see a white icon pop up in the cluster, notifying you that Cruise Control is On.
  3. Press the middle RES/+ button down to set your speed. The white icon will now turn Green indicating Cruise Control is Set and Active.
  4. You can now take your foot off of the accelerator and ride.
  5. Pressing the far left icon with an X or the brake will disengage the speed and will save the previous set speed.
  6. To resume the previous speed, press RES/+ UP.
  7. Press the bottom of the button to the right to turn the system OFF.

Cruise Control Icons

  • Dash-looking clock with an arrow (On/Off) – Press to turn the system On/Off; Be sure the system is off when not using it, as if RES/+ or -SET is active, you could accidentally hit either, which will cause your vehicle to enter cruise control mode
  • SET/− (Set/Coast) – Used to set or decrease your desired speed
  • RES/+ – To maintain the desired speed or to accelerate the set speed. To increase the speed, press this button. Each press will increase the speed to 1 mph faster.

Cancel Cruise Control

There are five ways to end cruise control:

  • Step on the brake.
  • Press the X icon on the steering wheel.
  • Press the clutch pedal for several seconds or shift to Neutral (manual transmissions).
  • Shift the transmission to N (Neutral).

The Safety of Cruise Control

When used correctly and in appropriate driving conditions, cruise control can be a safe driving aid that can reduce driver fatigue and help maintain a consistent speed, which can help prevent speeding and potential accidents caused by abrupt speed changes. However, like any driving aid, cruise control has its limitations, and it is not a substitute for attentive and safe driving.

Here are a few tips for safe use of cruise control:

  1. Use it on appropriate road conditions: Cruise control is generally not recommended for use in areas with heavy traffic, hilly or winding roads, or inclement weather conditions.
  2. Avoid distractions: Avoid distractions such as texting, eating, or changing the radio station, as this can impair your ability to react quickly to changing road conditions.
  3. Always keep your foot near the brake pedal: Be ready to slow down or stop the vehicle if needed.
  4. Follow recommended speed limits: Cruise control should never be used to exceed posted speed limits, and drivers should always adjust their speed manually when entering areas with different speed limits.

**If you are unable to activate this feature on the first try, repeat the steps. If you are still unsuccessful, contact the dealership for assistance or consult your vehicle user’s manual.

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