Over the weekend, I clocked up more than 300 miles in our long term Honda Insight.

Honda’s latest hybrid offering is packed with lots of hybrid technology, but my favourite part of the car was hardly anything revolutionary – cruise control.

On my drive up to Norfolk on Friday evening, I decided to trust my right foot and frequently I found the speedometer growling at me (by flashing blue) rather than patting me on the back (by flashing green).

This was my first time driving any hybrid and I quickly learned that rapid acceleration and trying to do my own gearshifts in sport mode were off the agenda.

By the time it came to the drive back to London last night, I’d decided the Insight’s technology was probably more clever than I was so I decided to let it show me how it should be done and put it in cruise control.

Instantly, the fuel economy boosted by around 10mpg to 60mpg as the Insight worked out how much throttle was needed to cruise at 70mph.

When going up hills under my guidance, the electric motor kicked in more than was needed (to the detriment of fuel economy) but left to its own devices, the Insight was a model in getting the balance between petrol and electric power just right.