If you’re between the ages of 18-30, you probably shouldn’t drive with cruise control for three days straight in France, according to a study recently published. Researchers put subjects in a driving simulator equipped with cruise control or some sort of “speed limiter” for three days and found that the youngest had the hardest time staying alert. Frankly, I’m surprised that subjects didn’t become delusional after 3 days on the road. Maybe there’s something monotone about French roads that produces some sort of hypnotic state among the young, or maybe it’s that wonderful air ride of the Citroen that has something to do with it. Older drivers I guess are more experienced with sleep deprivation and really long road trips. The study concludes that cruise control can be good to have on the open road to reduce speeding – like on a long straight road in Texas in the middle of nowhere with no other traffic or cars for thousands of miles – but for youngsters, best keep your foot on the gas or break as the situation dictates in traffic…well, at least in France while driving or gliding a Citroen with that smoooooooth suspension.
- Study: Cruise control helps speeding _ at a cost (sandiego6.com)