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DRIVING IN
DIFFICULT CONDITIONS

WARNING


Jan
Cornelius
, a regular site visitor, recently sent me the following
warning in the hope that it may prevent others from having a nasty accident.

Having done the usual checks
to ensure it is not another hoax, I have found that, although it has been in
circulation for some years, it is indeed true.  More details on this
subject can be found at

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/wild-when-wet/
 

As I thought there may be
people out that who are still not aware of this danger, I decided to include
this page on site.

“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 –
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 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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