How to Set Cruise Control on International Trucks

Semi Truck Driver


When your route requires traveling from town to town, cruise control can be needed! If you’re not quite sure how to set cruise control on International trucks, Rechtien International Trucks is here to help! Learn what cruise control is and how to set cruise control on International trucks down below.

Basic Cruise Control

Most drivers know that cruise control regulates the vehicle speed until intentionally changed by the driver. Learning how to set cruise control on International trucks can differ between model and model year, refer to your Operator’s Manual for detailed directions. While cruise control buttons might say SET/COAST or SET/Cruise depending on models, here are the basic steps of how to set cruise control on International trucks:

To Activate:

  1. Press the “CRUISE ON” button on the steering wheel, or switch on/off-switch on the dash mounted switches. Cruise switch must be off first then switched back on in order to activate the control
  2. Make sure speed is above Minimum Cruise Control Speed requirement but below Maximum Cruise Control Speed requirement.

To Set:

  1. Once activated, accelerate to your desired speed
  2. Press and release the “SET” button once you’ve reached the desired speed to maintain. Be sure not to press too long or improperly, the cruise control will not set.
  3. To increase Cruise Control set speed, press and hold “RES” to accelerate the truck.
  4. To decrease Cruise Control set speed, press and hold “SET” to decelerate the truck.
  5. To incrementally increase the Cruise Control speed, tap “RES.”
  6. To incrementally decrease the Cruise Control speed, tap “SET.”

If you need to deactivate the cruise control, press the clutch or service brake then hit “CANCEL” or “CRUISE OFF” button. Avoid using cruise control on city streets, poor road conditions, or downhill terrain.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is found on newer or unique systems. This system can intervene to maintain a set following distance with the vehicle ahead of you. The mounted radar sensors allow the Adaptive Cruise Control system to react if other vehicles move in the same direction. Once you’ve set your Adaptive Cruise Control, here is what happens if the vehicle ahead of you begins to brake:

  1. Reduction of engine speed
  2. Application of engine brake
  3. Application of vehicle brakes

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