Don't Use Cruise Control In The Rain  

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created by brightwings 2009-07-24 11:17:46 am

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Great tip! Someone's life will be saved by it. But the open Highways and Freeways are where habitual use of Cruise Control occurs. Now I'll worry about that whenever it rains!

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submitted by trustbc 2009-07-30 10:41:18 am    


Cars that are set on cruise control will hydroplane on wet pavement. Turn the feature off when it starts to rain, to prevent skids and maintain control of your vehicle. Some states also require you to turn on your headlights with your windshield wipers.

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submitted by brightwings 2009-07-24 11:17:46 am    

I tell people about this and I am amazed at how many don't know it. I would expand the tip to say that you should not use cruise control during any inclement weather such as rain, snow, ice, etc or in heavy traffic. That's why I hardly use it at all.

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submitted by javrsmith 2010-09-09 09:01:49 pm    

It only makes sense to decrease your speed while driving in bad weather. It also makes a great deal of sense to turn on your headlights while using your wipers in the rain, especially heavy rain, since you cannot see. Use Good Sense while Driving!

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submitted by Sara Valor 2010-10-07 03:49:07 pm    

Another point to keep in mind if you are driving in heavy rains, you are more likely to hydroplane by applying your brakes. Rather, you should switch off the cruise control manually, so you do not have to apply the brakes to do so.

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submitted by Sara Valor 2010-10-07 03:50:41 pm    

During the first few minutes of a downpour, it can be especially slick as the rain water mixes with the oil drippings on the pavement. Watch out for this too. I have spun out twice in the past at the front-end of a rain storm using cruise due to that.

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submitted by carltonzone 2011-01-02 06:29:28 pm    


What do you know about that?


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