Something you might not have known about Cruise Control

  1. Driving In The Rain

    An individual had a wreck a couple of weeks ago and totaled their Lincoln Town Car. She hydroplaned on Highway 135 between Gladewater & Kilgore Texas.

    She was not hurt, just emotionally rattled. She learned a lesson I'd like to pass on to you. You may know this already--but the highway patrolman told her that you should NEVER drive in the rain with your cruise control on. He said if you did and hydroplaned (which she did), that when your tires were off the road your car would accelerate to a high rate of speed (which it did).

    You don't have much, if any, control when you hydroplane, but you are totally in the hands of God
    when the car accelerates.

    She took off like she was in an airplane. She is so thankful she made it through that ordeal. Please pass the word around about not using cruise control when the pavement is wet or icy. The highway patrolman said this should be on the sun-visor with the
    warning about airbags.

    The only person she found out who knew this (besides the patrolman) was a man who had a similar accident and totaled his car. This has made her wonder if this is not why so many of our young people are dying in accidents.

    Be careful out there!
  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Thanks. I use cruise control all the time on the interstate, didn't know that.
  4. by   night owl
    Will pass this along to some folks I know. Thanks Brownie for the info. You may have saved someone I know his life. You're a gem! :kiss
  5. by   colleen10
    Thanks Brownie, that's really interesting. I had never heard of that before, but it makes total and complete sense when you think about it. I'll be sure not to use Cruise Control in inclement weather when I'm on the hightway. I guess the same would hold true if you were driving when there is a possiblity of ice/sleet on the road too.
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Living in Seattle, WA, I know never to drive w/cruise on, when it's raining. It is common sense, one would think?

    Thank you for this important reminder!!!:kiss
  7. by   Ortho_RN
    Well I did know that you aren't suppose to drive with it on during the rain....

    My brothers cruise control got stuck on the interstate, he was going about 80... But for some reason it accelerated more and before he got a hold of my dad (thank god for a cellphone and the fact that my dad is a mechanic) he got up to 94mph.... He was slightly scared
  8. by   PennyLane
    Thanks--I sent this out in an email to a bunch of people. Hopefully the news will spread.
  9. by   Brownms46
    You're all very welcome..! I'm glad to hear that this is being passed on. Hopefully we can save someone from coming in thru the ER...or worse.

    Take care everyone...
  10. by   cwazycwissyRN
    two lessons on cars or driving in one week.
    No cruise control in the rain.
    always by the gap insurance.

  11. by   nursenoelle
    [i]Originally posted by cwazycwissyRN
    always by the gap insurance.

    Thanks [/B]

    Ok people- remember what Chrissy said here... Always Always get the Gap insurance when you buy a new car. You can really lose your butt. Also, underinsured motorists coverage- can't say enough good things about it .get it.