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Is cruise control making me a worse driver?

Illustration for article titled Is cruise control making me a worse driver?

Or just more aware of bad drivers?

I ask because I've recently been driving on the highway regularly with cruise control for the first time in my life (cars usually don't have such things here in Europe) and I've noticed that I'm wont to end up in awkward situations when people merge onto the road.


I'm driving in the left(right in normal countries) lane, at the speed limit (I swear! (No actually, I'm new to the British isles and I'm not entirely comfortable driving on the wrong side of the road and stuff don't look at me like that I'm only following the rules)). someone is merging on the highway, and there's someone slowly passing me on the right, but there's also a lot of room both in front of me and behind me, so there really shouldn't be a problem.

Now, in either of my old cars, I'd either let off slightly to give some extra room, because I'm a nice guy like that, or I'd give it some extra gas and get past them. But no, with cruise control activated, I really don't want to. Something inside me tells me that I am going this speed, and this is the speed I am going.
I understand that I'm being dickish by not giving them more room, but on the other hand, they're the ones merging, and there is room enough in front of me. In one way, it would be nice of me to give them a bit of space, but on the other hand, they're the ones who are supposed to accelerate up to highway speed before they merge.


I donno. I never had this issue without cruise control and it's kinda bugging me. I quickly adjusted my driving style so it doesn't happen, though. Better safe than sorry.

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