When Can Cruise Control Be Dangerous?

by William Mattar | April 19th, 2022

Cruise Control Some people say that cruise control features can cause drivers to become complacent and not pay attention to the road. Others argue that it is a safe way to drive and can actually help you stay alert. 

Some motorists may not use cruise control properly, increasing the risk of danger on public roads. When the risk of danger increases, so does the risk of serious personal injury.

Safe Use of Cruise Control 

Cruise control is a system on a car that allows the driver to set a speed and maintain it without having to keep their foot on the pedal. Some motorists may find that cruise control makes the driving process a bit easier, but it can also be potentially dangerous when coupled with other behaviors, leading to distracted driving.

For example, it’s crucial for motorists to stay fully engaged with the roadway and keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times.

Other motorists may not notice a change in the speed limit, causing the vehicle to drive either too fast or slow, or fail to adjust to changing roadway conditions (be it increased traffic or inclement weather). 

How Dangerous Is Cruise Control? 

When used correctly, cruise control can be a helpful feature, especially during a particularly long drive. Cruise control is not inherently dangerous or harmful; it just requires extra attention and care to ensure that the driver stays fully engaged with the road. 

For example, using a vehicle’s cruise control while driving in bad weather can be risky.  Maintaining the same speed in inclement weather could potentially cause your tires to hydroplane, resulting in loss of control. 

Similar risks are seen in high-traffic areas. Motorists who can safely engage the cruise control feature on an open highway will most likely want to avoid the feature when driving through congested traffic where the need to slow or stop can arise with little warning.

Hurt in a Car? Call William Mattar

So, is it safe to use cruise control? Like most things, cruise control can be dangerous if used improperly. Drivers should be alert and ready to take control of the car if necessary. They should always be aware of their surroundings and use due care to avoid an accident. 

If you were injured in an accident, regardless of whether you or the other driver were using cruise control at the time of the accident, talking to a car accident lawyer about your legal options is a good idea.

If you’d like more assistance, contact William Mattar, P.C. by calling (716) 444-4444 or contacting us online to speak to an experienced car accident attorney. We have a team of seasoned attorneys that can advocate for you.