Monday, January 12, 2009

Never Cruise in the Rain

My mother forwarded me one of those "scare you to death" chain emails this morning, and as usual I checked it out with before forming an opinion. Here's what she sent me:

A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car. 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 a similar accident, totaled his car and sustained severe injuries.

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

The warning against using your cruise control in the rain is one of those urban legends that is actually true, according to Snopes (click here to read their take on it). Although the stories may be fiction, the warning behind it isn't.

So the next time you're cruising along and it starts raining, please turn off your cruise control. Let's all get there safely!

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  1. Wow - never knew this! Need to tell the hubby right away. We drive 3 hours each way to our cabin on the weekends. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. People tend to drive insanely in the rain, wind, ice or snow -- actually, perhaps it just has worse consequences during bad weather, come to think of it! I too go to snopes to check things out, it's amazing how much bunk is circulated via email...!!!

  4. Well that's a good thing to know. I hate driving in the rain. I get so nervous. Scared to death of hydro-planing.

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  6. What great info! THanks so much!!

  7. Thanks I'm going to tell my son's!!! I know the youngest has mentioned using cuise control on his way to and from work. Thanks so much for posting this!!!

  8. Ohhhh...I won't have this problem! My little old faithful Saturn Tawanda (yes, I name my cars) has no cruise control. However, I will pass this along to my daughter. Thanks!...Debbie

  9. wow Pam. I didn't know this myself. Very good info.

  10. Very interesting! I will have to pass that advice on-thanks for the post girl! Have a terrific Tuesday~Tam!:D


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