Having done the usual checks
As I thought there may be
“A 36 year old female had an accident
several weeks ago and totaled her car. A resident of Kilgore , Texas , she was
traveling between Gladewater & Kilgore.
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 –
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 tires 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 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.”
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