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PLUSSES AND MINUSES OF CRUISE CONTROL

Modern cars come with so many bells and whistles now--assisted parking, backup cameras, and lane-departure warnings, to name a few. Most people probably consider cruise control practically a mandatory feature since it’s been around and in use for over 100 years. Although speed-control mechanisms in automobiles go back as far as the beginning of the 20th century, modern control was invented in 1948 by the inventor and mechanical engineer Ralph Teetor. By the early 1970s it was becoming a very popular option on automatic transmission cars in the U.S. Today some form of cruise control comes standard or at least as an option on most vehicles sold in America. So, most people can probably name the plusses of cruise control: Cruise control can reduce driver fatigue and improve comfort on long drives on highways and relatively uncrowded roads. It helps drivers avoid driving over the speed limit. If used appropriately, cruise control can increase fuel efficiency ... read more

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