'Cruise Control': A killer on wet roads

Submitted by Webmaster on Sun, 19/03/2006 - 07:42

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A 36-year-old female had an accident several weeks ago and totalled her car. A resident of Wollongong, NSW, she was travelling between Wollongong & Sydney. 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 tyres 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 travelling 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, totalled 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.

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Cruise control claims

Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 03/05/2006 - 14:10.

Rather strange article as mentioned above - Manchester Unity has been Australian Unity for years, we have roads, not pavements, and how long have we been metricated now - even I don't use mph any longer! When a car aquaplanes it increases speed (or feels like it), a small tap on the brakes will disengage cruise control anyway. Even with cruise control, we need to drive to the conditions, ie slow down

cruise control claims

Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 23/04/2006 - 11:21.


It is wrong of you to publish this scam article as fact.

It is an American e-mail that has undergone a couple of changes to Australianise it.

The facts are that you can use CC in wet weather as long as you drive to the conditions



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