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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-10-2011, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Cruise Control Vs Your Right Foot. Which is Better?

I used to think that setting the cruise control is the best way to get the best mileage because it maintains the same speed. Now that I've been paying attention to my mileage, I feel that my foot does better. What have you found to work better?



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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-11-2011, 02:37 AM
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On long trips cruise is definitely better. Anticipating what is coming ahead is better on short trips. Example traffic lights if you can anticipate and not have to stop your in town mileage will increase.

But if you are good and can maintain speed under the limit you might be able to do better than cruise.

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As Coby7 said, anticipate what is ahead. If you see a big hill ahead of you, slightly up your speed because you are going to lose some going up the hill. I live in a very hilly area and I only use cruise on longer trips on the highway. If you have an automatic, make sure that it doesn't upshift the whole time because you are losing mpg that way.
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I've found that cruise is great if your road allows near constant speed and small hills. Eariler this year I got 41.7 mpg on the Natchez Trace from Franklin TN. to Natchez, with the cruise set on 52 mph. There is very little traffic on this mostly level road. I usually get around 32 mpg on Interstate trips and 29 to 30 in normal run to the store shopping. That trip was the most I've ever got on any car.
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Cruise is only better if you are the type of person who will slowly pick up speed if you don't use it.

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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-26-2011, 07:17 AM
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The Pulse and Glide technique is absolutely the best for high MPGs...and you can't do it with cruise control!

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I use cruise all the time, even if I'm on a country road I'll use it until I know I'm approaching a sharp turn. It seems to work pretty well for me.
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cruise on flats or downhill, foot on uphill

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 07:29 AM
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The Pulse and Glide technique is absolutely the best for high MPGs...and you can't do it with cruise control!

Actualy my car gets worse mpg P&G from 40-50 then just doing a steady 45 mph. I tried P&G with both in gear and in neutral doing multiple runs.

However P&G with EOC will get you much better gas mileage then any other way I've tested. However there is the issue of it's legality.


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Another one for cruise on flats, foot for hilly or more congested traffic.
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