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Can cruise control be dangerous in a hydroplaning situation?

Can cruise control be dangerous in a hydroplaning situation?

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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.
  • I'm glad that you're at least skeptical enough to question the truth of a chain email. According to Snopes, the warning is valid but the description of the car suddenly accelerating is inaccurate.


    Interestingly enough, they use ICBC as a source. I don't remember ICBC's driving guide mentioning anything about cruise control, but then again my copy is 5 years old...
  • cruise control

    I don't like my cruise control. Basically for similar reasons...I don't feel like I know what's going on...I like to feel the car on the road through the peddle ya know, and if something goes wrong I want to be there. You never know when you'll hit some weird situation. I've tried it, it's handy sometimes (like when I have bad sciatica I can make the car accelerate/de on the wheel which is different than the old cruise control. It seems to get in my way for hills as it slows me down going down not allowing me to gain some momentum for then next hill TEARING up my gas usage.
    • Re: cruise control

      I like to feel the car too. I feel one with my car :)

      On the hwys here, I always have to slow down on hills. Traffic, and if you go fast, the people behind will expect you to keep speeding. The whole pick a speed thing.
  • I have always heard that cruise control is dangerous in rain and snow conditions. I tend not to use it much anyhow.
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