Sirlaugh’s Blog

December 29, 2008

Driving tip that could save your life.

Filed under: Uncategorized — sirlaugh @ 5:32 am

I verified this on Snopes:  http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/wetroad.asp – but check it anyway for further details!
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NEVER KNEW THIS  BEFORE… 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 , Texasshe 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.

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.

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

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