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Driving Safety Tip: Don't use your Cruise Control when it's Raining, even a light rain.

This came in from a friend of mine, and I wanted to share this with My Lovely Readers, and you can share this with all your equally lovely friends! Ailsa

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 hy dro-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 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 when your car begins to hydro-plane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making 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.

If you send this to 5 people and only one of them doesn't know about this, then it was all worth it. You might have saved a life.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.

From Ailsa : Hey, that's a great safety feature for all vehicles. Wonder what Lobby Group could get that installed automatically in every vehicle?

Coming from Canada (yes, Land of Ice & Snow... also plenty of rain!), I learned about the dangers of driving in that first, very light rain (greater chance of hydroplaning in a light rain), but have been caught on the highway (on the 401 between Belleville and Kingston, Ontario, Canada) when the rain was coming down so hard that all the traffic literally pulled off to the side of the road to wait the storm out. Scary, since there's always some nut who races through it... annoying. This is good info to know, though, so please go ahead and pass this along to anyone you think might find this useful, especially young drivers.

For the record, this rule also can apply to driving on the ice, in a snow storm, on a crazy, windy road, in heavy winds, or all of those conditions if you're driving through the Mountains ... can you tell I used to live in Alberta?? haha! Makes driving in California Traffic seem like a breeze!

Drive carefully out there! Take Care, Ailsa

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