geek_dragon (geek_dragon) wrote,

Can cruise control be dangerous in a hydroplaning situation?

I hydroplane a lot.  There is that stretch of southwest marine between 41rst and 16th, where the left lane has 3 sections of garaunteed hydroplaning.  My tires are good, the puddles are just that way.  It's no biggy.  Just go with it.  It's only scared me once.
I know not to hit the breaks, and just let off the gas.  I don't use cruise control.
>>>    > I wonder how many people know about this?
>>>    > 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
>>>    >           hydro-plane 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 hydro-plane
>>>    >>>           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
>>>    >>>           IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell
>>>    >>>           our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a
>>>    >>>           speed - but we don't tell them to use the cruise
>>>    >>>           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.
>>>    >>>             might have saved a life.

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