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Driving in the rain... a warning...

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 6:13 AM
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Got this and am one of the ones who didn't know about it.  Makes sense...  thought I would pass it on...

A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her
car.  A resident of Kilgore, Texas she was traveling between Gladewater &
Kilgore.  It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began
to hydro-plane and literally flew through the air.  She was not seriously injured but very stunned at the sudden occurrence.

When she explained to the highway patrolman what had happened he told her
something that every driver should know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR
CRUISE CONTROL ON .  She thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise
control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain. But the highway patrolman told her that if the cruise control is on when your car begins to hydro-plane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane.  She told the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred.

The patrolman said this warning should be listed, on the driver's seat
sun-visor - NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY,
along with the airbag warning.  We tell our teenagers to set the cruise
control and drive a safe speed - but we don't tell them to use the cruise
control only when the pavement is dry.

The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the
patrolman), was a man who had had a similar accident, totaled his car and
sustained severe injuries.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limite d XLE) will not allow
you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.


by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 6:13 AM
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much2learn
by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 6:26 AM

I checked it out on Snopes, and Snopes agrees.  I never thought about the possible danger before.  I don't use my cruise control very often, but I will try to keep this in mind.

Lynn

love_my_baby_
by on Nov. 9, 2009 at 6:30 AM

I was taught that in drivers ed. never use it on wet pavement, when its snowing and icy also.

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dusky_rose
by Sue on Nov. 9, 2009 at 6:35 AM

 Good to know, even though I hardly ever use my cruise control anyhow.

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