What Is Adaptive Cruise Control?

Adaptive Cruise Control

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We’ve all heard of self-driving cars by now, but at this point they are still far and few. But something that’s becoming very common is Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Although this feature doesn’t actually steer the vehicle for you, it’s pretty close to doing the rest of the work. We’re going to explain how it works, and why you definitely want it.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control picks up where regular Cruise Control leaves off. Regular Cruise Control is an awesome feature for when you’re driving on a long highway with mild amounts of other cars. However, once you get into an area with more traffic congestion, regular Cruise Control becomes pretty useless.

Adaptive Cruise Control

This is where Adaptive Cruise Control will become your new best friend. Gone are the days of straining your legs in stop and go traffic by repeatedly switching from gas to brake. With ACC, you simply set a distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, and your car does the rest. It will actually keep you at the set distance while doing all of the accelerating and braking for you. This is a lifesaver for daily traffic commutes and long road trips alike.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Depending on the vehicle, some ACC systems will even bring you to a full stop when necessary. Others will bring you down to a certain speed and then warn you to use the brakes. Of course this system doesn’t mean that you can sit back and stop paying attention to the road. You’re still completely responsible for steering and being fully aware of what’s around you, including being prepared to manually stop the vehicle at any moment.

So how exactly does it do this? Well, many new cars now have radar sensors built into them to allow for safety features like collision alerts, etc. ACC uses these same sensors to constantly scan the road ahead of you and respond accordingly. This is how your vehicle is able to keep a set distance gap between it and the car in front of it.

Adaptive Cruise Control

To use it, you start off by setting your desired speed just like regular Cruise Control. Then, you tell your ACC how much distance you want to maintain from the vehicle in front of you. With GM’s ACC, you can choose between far, medium, or near distances, while other systems use different selectors. In some vehicles, ACC will even work in full on stop and go traffic.

For regular driving conditions, ACC is absolutely amazing. Once you try it, you’ll never want to go back. However it’s important to be aware that ACC may not effectively work in certain weather conditions. For example in heavy fog, snow, rain, or ice, the sensors will likely not be able to perform accurately. Different vehicles have different systems as well, so you can always consult your user manual to determine exactly how yours works.

Vehicles with Adaptive Cruise Control for Sale in Forest Lake, MN

The best way to experience Adaptive Cruise Control is to try it for yourself, so come and do some test driving! Head on over to our dealership and let a member of our team know that you’d like to try out Adaptive Cruise Control. Models like the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, Tahoe, Suburban, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee and others have this awesome feature. Come and try it out here in Forest Lake, MN. We’re right by North Branch, Coon Rapids, Roseville, and White Bear Lake.

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