How does Adaptive Cruise Control reduce phantom traffic jams?

You know when you’re driving along the highway and, all the sudden, brake lights appear, and traffic slows down? You expect the culprit is an accident or a construction zone, but after driving a bit further, there is nothing out of the ordinary. What causes those phantom traffic jams? As it turns out, inconsistent following distances are the problem! Fortunately, Ford’s Adaptive Cruise Control helps solve this issue.

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What does Adaptive Cruise Control do?

The main purpose of Adaptive Cruise Control is to maintain a set speed or distance behind the car ahead of you. When you approach a vehicle, the feature will slow your car down to keep the set distance. As traffic clears or speeds up, your vehicle will return to the set speed.

How does this help reduce traffic jams?

Those traffic jams that are caused by seemingly nothing happen when cars aren’t maintaining a consistent following distance. One car will slow down, causing the car behind it to press the brakes, and so on. We all learned the same thing in drivers’ ed—when you see brake lights, you should slow down. In some cases, braking is necessary to slow down quickly. In other cases, it’s an unnecessary reaction to a minor reduction of speed. Adaptive Cruise Control helps in those situations, allowing drivers to keep a safe distance without causing a traffic jam for everyone behind them.

Ford put this to the test to see exactly how Adaptive Cruise Control can reduce phantom traffic jams. Check out the video below to see how much it can help!

Feel free to get in touch with our team at Cypress Motors to learn more about the benefits of Adaptive Cruise Control and other Ford driver assistance features. Check out our current Ford inventory to experience Adaptive Cruise Control firsthand!