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So you're in cruise control??? Think you're safe???

By sleepin'dawg ·
I KNEW THIS BEFORE...... but I wondered how many of you knew......sooooooooooo...I'm forwarding it to all of you...........happy and safe driving!

As I said, I knew this before and I thought everyone knew it but since this was just brought to my attention I started to wonder how many might not be aware of 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 &
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 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 just might have saved a life. Take note of this; the life you save might be your own. If you weren't aware of this; think of how many others who might not be aware of it, either.

Dawg ]:)

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Story is a myth.

by faradhi In reply to So you're in cruise contr ...

Although it is true that you should not have cruise control on when wet or icy, it is not because your car will take flight.

Cruise Control does not detect the actual speed of the car, just the speed the wheels are going.

When you hit water or ice, the friction will reduce and your wheels will maintain the speed the cruise control is set. They would not accelerate. You could begin to slide sideways. Cruise control does make it harder for you to reduce power. (which is what you should do if you begin to slide.)

The story is one that is somewhat based in fact just not physics.

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Typical cruise control

by Dr Dij In reply to Story is a myth.

cancels cruise control if you tap the brakes or gas

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Gas??? Brakes will kill you faster than a rattler bite............

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Typical cruise control

under those conditions. Best thing, when you feel the onset of a skid switch to neutral and steer into the way the car is sliding. Once you have regained control put it back in gear and feed power back in gently. If your car is manual put your foot down on the clutch pedal and keep it there until you've regained control and then ease it out and feed the power in gently. DO NOT SHIFT DOWN to a lower gear. The higher torque of a lower gear will just cause the wheels to break loose again.

Dawg ]:)

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You like preaching to the choir or you like beating on a dead horse???

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Story is a myth.

I don't claim your car will take flight if you hit ice or hydroplane on a water film but after talking to several people who are used to driving in winter conditions, I was surprised to find many who weren't aware you shouldn't use cruise control in those conditions. If and when a car takes flight it is usually because it has hit a foreign object while out of control; like a rock, the soft shoulder or the ditch. BTW another thing that can make driving in icy conditions a bit dodgy is a limited slip differential, which I first had on a Corvette. Nothing happened but when I first drove it under winter conditions, it did surprise me a bit but I quickly learned how to handle it. I drive upwards of 35 - 40,000 miles/yr at least 1/4 of that in winter. I have a bit of a lead foot c/w with the citations to attest to that but in close to 50 years of driving, I have yet to have an accident that was my fault and I'm usually so far in front of others that it is unlikely I am causing them to have accidents either, unless the damn fools are trying to keep up with me. For what it's worth, I seldom speed in town, usually obeying the speed limit; since I see no point in racing from one red light to the next. Once on the highway, I boot it and I don't lift off, even for the cops. By the time they get rolling they usually will have a slightly slower target to focus on. My other little secrets; radar detectors and a signal jammer. Since I've had the jammer, 12 years now, I haven't taken anything other than parking tickets.:^O Oh yes, I know these items are illegal in many places, especially the signal jammer which BTW is usually set to a few mph over the limit, never more than 5%. By the time a cop wakes up to the fact there is something wrong, I'm long gone. The only thing I have to watch out for are laser detectors and my detector tells me if they're present before I'm within range.

Dawg ]:)

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Lets Cruise!

by taylorjamer11 In reply to So you're in cruise contr ...

In modern designs, the cruise control may need to be turned <a href="http://www.jcwhitney.com/international/m142j1s3.jcwx"><font color="black">international parts</font></a> on before use ??? in some designs it is always "on" but not always enabled (not very common), others have a separate "on/off" switch, while still others just have an "on" switch that must be pressed after the vehicle has been started. Most designs have buttons for "set", "resume", "accelerate", and "coast" functions.

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