Thursday, February 13, 2014

Experts Say Cruise Control Is Dangerous!


With the snow storm approaching it reminded me it probably would be a great time to share some information on driving in wet conditions.

I did some poking around on the internet and discovered that using cruise control in wet conditions is extremely dangerous!

As you probably know, hydroplaning occurs when your tires actually lose contact with the road and are riding on a thin sheet of water.  When this happens, your wheels are spinning with no traction.

The only way to stop this wheel-spin and maintain control is to immediately reduce power. However, an activated cruise control system will continue to apply power, keeping the wheels spinning creating a potentially dangerous situation.

By the time you disengage the cruise control - by tapping the brake or turning it off - you may have already lost control.

The real safety key is to avoid hydroplaning entirely!  How?  SLOW DOWN in wet or icy road conditions!

Posted speed limits are for dry road surfaces.  Hydroplaning STARTS at speeds as low as 35 mph, and at 55 mph you could be riding entirely on a sheet of water or ice!

So as a general summary…when the road is wet or icy:
* Turn off your cruise control.  
* SLOW DOWN and leave extra space between cars.

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