Don't use cruise control driving in rain

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by FS Driver, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. FS Driver

    FS Driver New Member

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    [ I wonder how many people know about this?

    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 and Kilgore. It was raining,
    though not excessively, when her car suddenly
    began to hydroplane 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 had 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 and your car begins
    to hydroplane when your tires lose contact
    with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a
    higher rate of speed and you take off like an airplane.

    She told the patrolman that was exactly
    what had occurred.

    The highway patrol estimated her car was
    actually traveling through the air at 10 to 15
    miles per hour faster than the speed set
    on the cruise control.

    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 a similar accident, totaled
    his car and sustained severe injuries.

    If you send this to 15 people and only
    one of them doesn't know about this, then it
    was all worth it. You might have saved a life .
     
  2. astutzman

    astutzman New Member

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    Good inforamtion there. I didn't know that. I drive quite a bit on the interstate with thte cruise on and have never thought about what would happen on wet pavement. Thanks for posting that. Rep points to you.
     

  3. LarryW

    LarryW New Member

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    Thanks for the articale I did not know that. I usuall do not use my cruse when it is raining becouse I like to have more control of what is going on but now I know that I will not use it.
     
  4. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Hmmmm, I use it in the rain. The only time I would not use it is around roadways with standing water. But, that is hard to tell sometimes. Good post brother.
     
  5. suddawg

    suddawg New Member

    Not just for rain though. Never use cruise control when it's snowing or icy out. Most of us in the north/midwest are use to driving in those conditions, but growing up I can remember my grandfather staying up during snow storms just because he knew someone from out of state would be walking up to the house asking for help because their car went into the ditch and hit something. Never fails, they were using cruise control and the car tried to accelerate when it hit a patch of ice/snow.

    SudDawg
     
  6. crusinman2002

    crusinman2002 New Member

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    well... there are alot of cars that are using a so-called "smart" cruise control system that is tied into the traction controll system. i'm not sayin that every car will have this, but i know mine does. with the "smart" system, if you loose traction on either of your drive tires, the cruise control will actually let go of the throttle untill the car is under control. if i'm using the cruise control during rain and i hydroplane, my rpms drop instead of raise. they are switching to this system because of this fact that is an issue with regular cruise control. the "smart" system will react faster than a human when traction is lost, but it is still not as smart as a human. even though i have this "smart" system, i still don't use it during slippery conditions, just for the fact that you have more control over your car during these conditions when you are controlling the throttle. take the above advice as a warning, and take it to heart. the cop is right saying that it should be posted along with the airbag warning... it is a major saftey issue that most people don't think about... wether your car is "smart" or not, just don't take the risk.

    rep points to you for sharing this valuable information.

    thank you brother.