What is Škoda’s Adaptive Cruise Control?
Cruise Control is a valuable feature with numerous benefits. However, many drivers either underutilise it or harbour skepticism about taking their foot off the pedals. Škoda’s Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) stands out as an advanced, safer, and more user-friendly iteration of traditional Cruise Control. In this guide, we’ll delve into what Adaptive Cruise Control entails and provide insights on maximizing its capabilities. Whether you’re new to Adaptive Cruise Control or already a Škoda vehicle owner using this feature, there may be some valuable tips to enhance your driving experience.
What’s the difference between Cruise Control and Adaptive Cruise control?
Traditional Cruise Control is designed to maintain a constant speed set by the driver. Now, enter Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), an enhancement of conventional Cruise Control that takes the driving experience to a whole new level. ACC goes beyond merely setting a speed; it intelligently adjusts your car’s speed to match the speed of the vehicle in front of you and maintains the desired distance between vehicles chosen by the driver. If the leading car slows down, ACC seamlessly adapts, ensuring a smooth and safe following distance.
The beauty of ACC lies in its automatic responsiveness – as the car ahead changes lanes or accelerates beyond your preset speed, your ACC effortlessly allows your vehicle to resume its designated pace. The process is straightforward: set your desired speed, turn on the system, and choose your preferred following distance. With Adaptive Cruise Control, it’s not just about maintaining speed; it’s about a dynamic and intuitive driving experience that enhances safety and convenience on the road.
Why use Adaptive Cruise Control
Cruise control serves as a powerful tool, mitigating driver fatigue, preventing speeding, and increasing fuel efficiency (including EVs). Škoda’s Adaptive Cruise Control takes these advantages a step further, by blending convenience and safety into the driving experience. By using sensors, your Škoda can automatically detect it’s surroundings and smoothly adjust speed accordingly, drivers can also customise their preferences effortlessly at their finger-tips. This advanced system is a standard feature in all new Škoda vehicles, each boasting the maximum 5-star NCAP rating.
How to use Škoda Adaptive Cruise Control
Like most cruise control levers, the stalk is located off the back of the steering wheel. To activate ACC;
1. Pull the lever forward and onto the ‘ON’ position, this will set to your current speed.
2. Move the lever up or down to increase or decrease the set speed in 10kmph increments.
3. Press and hold the ‘SET’ button to decrease the speed by 1kmph / If you pull the lever toward you, it will increase the speed by 1kmph.
4. With the rocker switch on top, set the distance between you and the car ahead by flicking left for more space and right for less.
5. To pause cruise control, push the lever back halfway. This will store all the speed and distance settings you were using. To resume ACC, pull the lever all the way forward again.
6. To completely turn off ACC, push the lever all the way back,