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Old 07-11-2013, 12:22 PM   #21
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when the I dont or cant use the cruise because of traffic I use manual mode (tap shift) I dont use it a lot but selecting any gear when I want is a bonus (as long as the trans wants the gear) the turbo & grade break will keep my speed at any selected and also when not on the cruise it will slow me down almost to a stop on a off ramp.. Since the GM/ally/dmax is the best tow machine on the planet everybody else is just trys to bring us down..lol.. just drive one and you will see... serious... lol
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:23 PM   #22
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I tried it for the first time last fall in southern Manitoba where the roads are nice and flat. I watched the fuel economy readout on the dash and found it made an appreciable difference over the space of a couple of hours.
I don't think I'd be trying that in the mountains though...
When I started majorly budgeting my money to fix a mess a few years back. One of my money savings things was to really watch my speed AND I started using cruise control. I get a good 2-3mpg savings using cruise control over driving with my foot.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:24 PM   #23
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Actually on gm models I believe newer than 04 the computer will disengage cruise if a tire spins.

As well as some of the later models with active suspension control will kick out cruise if the sensors detect a slide with no will spin.
From the GM manual

Ending Cruise Control
There are four ways to turn off the cruise control:
• Step lightly on the brake pedal,
• move the cruise control switch to off, or
• shift the transmission to NEUTRAL (N).
• If your vehicle has the StabiliTrak® feature, cruise
control will turn off if road conditions cause
StabiliTrak® to activate.
• If the accelerator pedal is held for 60 seconds or
longer, cruise control will turn off.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:25 PM   #24
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From the GM manual

Ending Cruise Control
There are four ways to turn off the cruise control:
• Step lightly on the brake pedal,
• move the cruise control switch to off, or
• shift the transmission to NEUTRAL (N).
• If your vehicle has the StabiliTrak® feature, cruise
control will turn off if road conditions cause
StabiliTrak® to activate.
• If the accelerator pedal is held for 60 seconds or
longer, cruise control will turn off.
Pretty much what I said eh ?
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Pretty much what I said eh ?
Only if they have the StabiliTrak® feature.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:32 PM   #26
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I agree with ependydad. As my DF constantly reminds me, I have a bit of a lead foot, particularly on a nice scenic drive. On flat roads and highways with light traffic the CC helps me to maintain a lower speed. I've read enough tire warnings here to realize that slower is better. I've also noticed improved mileage when the CC is engaged for long periods of time on road trips, not much but noticible.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:38 PM   #27
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From the GM manual

Ending Cruise Control

• shift the transmission to NEUTRAL (N).
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And hope that function works, otherwise the engine's pistons are coming through the hood!
I think I would rather tap the brake, but that's just me.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:38 PM   #28
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Pretty much what I said eh ?
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Only if they have the StabiliTrak® feature.
Do you two fight in every forum room???
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:39 PM   #29
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:42 PM   #30
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When you are using the gas pedal (instead of cruise) and take your foot off to hit the brakes, the vehicle immediately starts to slow down during the time it takes to get your foot over onto the brake.

With cruise control, the throttle remains engaged at your chosen speed during the time it takes to get your foot off the floorboard and onto the brake pedal. So you are not yet starting to decelerate during that short time your foot is on the way to the brake.

Probably only a second's worth of difference, but at 60 mph, that second or split-second without deceleration could be the difference in getting stopped in time or not. I'm not saying don't use cruise, but that small lag time is something to think about.
I agree, I never use cruise while towing as I believe that short lag time could be very crucial in an emergency. It only takes tenths of seconds to glance at the speedometer, the same as glancing at the other gauges. IMO, just not a safe thing to do, but others feel differently as witnessed on this thread. That's what makes the world go around.
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