Carey co-wrote this with songwriter and back-up singer Cri$tyle (Crystal Johnson) and producer Jermaine Dupri. The New York recording artist said about this song: "'Cruise Control' was the second trip I took to Atlanta to work with Jermaine. What it really means is, it goes [sings] 'Might need to go slow, I don't know, Why ease up on the break, Every time I see his face.' Basically, you need to slow down, because every time you're around this guy, you're going a little too fast, 'cause he's the wrong type of guy for you to be with, but you know that, but you don't know how to handle that. So it was cool to kinda co-write that with JD and with Cri$tyle, because you know, it's coming from a woman's point of view and also coming from JD's point of view of making the track really hot."