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Read this, this could save your life!!!!
Last Post 13 Jul 2004 06:14 AM by SeanLetsFlyTwo. 3 Replies.
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28 Aug 2003 05:21 PM

    Read this, this could save your life!!!!

    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 excessive, 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. nono   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 hydroplaned - when your tires loose 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.

    We all know you have little or no control over a car when it begins to hydroplane. You are at the mercy of the Good Lord. The highway patrol estimated her car was actually traveling through the air at 10 to 15 miles per hour faster than the speed set on the
    cruise control.

    The patrolman said this warning should be listed, on the drivers 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.

    If you send this to 15 people and only one of them doesn't know about this, then it was all worth it.  You might have saved a life.
     


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    16 Nov 2003 03:41 PM
    I know I know! Hubby knows this and won't let anyone use the cruise control... at all. When he got me the car, he insisted NO CRUISE control. He knows.. I'm the one likely to put it on, it starts raining and I would forget to turn the darn thing off..

    Thanks Admin for posting!
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    Thank you to the powers that be for keeping my husband in the SE US.  Please God watch over him, as after 16 years u/w land is a strange thing to him...
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    04 Apr 2004 05:17 AM
    I can't believe that this "urban legend" is still being repeated in this day and age!!!
    Your cruise control speed setting is based on the speed that your tires are rotating and not the actual speed that your car is traveling. Therefor is you lose tire traction, your tires will no longer have friction or resistance provided by the pavement and if your engine is at,say, 2000 RPMs and your cruise control is set for 55 MPH, when the tires break free from the constraints of the ground the cruise control will try to slow the tire speed not increase it.
    When you finaly get traction again, your tires and engine RPM will be going much slower.
    By this time you should have already hit the brakes (as most people do instictively) which would have imediatly shut off your cruise control.
    This is a popular "urban legend" which shows up in the media every couple of years to much fanfare and then dies out when resonable minds take a minute to think logicaly. Anyone who has ever been in the USCG should know to take anything in the newspaper with not a gain of salt but a whole teaspoon of salt!!
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    13 Jul 2004 06:14 AM
    it is verry true, when we(my family) went on a vacation, a similar incedent happend with a GMC Surburban


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