However, I have never actually used or operated a cruise control system on Singapore roads. Which leads me to wonder, are they really that useful or necessary here?
I mean, our island is small, and traffic is often dense and congested.
Even if you get a decent stretch of road, it only last for a couple of minutes before you encounter traffic and have to hit the brakes again.
I would imagine it could be useful in the KPE tunnel with its 70km/h speed limit, but again, there is a lot of stop-start traffic which negates the cruise control function.
I mean, given the driving styles of locals (and this is the truth arguably), you probably never know when some idiot will just pull out into your lane and you have to slow down suddenly.
Therefore, it is better to always be alert and in control, than to leave it to the computers.
I understand that there are now adaptive cruise control systems that can detect traffic and adjust the speed accordingly, but it seems that they are only available on higher-end cars like Mercedes-Benz and Volvo at the moment.
But even then, would you completely trust them 100%?
I'm not totally sure.