With Winter here and icy, wet roads everywhere we’re driving, (and it seems like we’re ALWAYS driving somewhere, right)?
I wanted to pass on something I read recently, so you all can arrive where you're going more safely:
NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON!!!
A highway patrolman said that if the cruise control is on and your car begins to hydro-plane, your tires will lose contact with the pavement, and your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane.
The patrolman said this warning should be listed on the driver's seat sun-visor, along with the airbag warning:
NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY
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.
Interesting to note: I read that some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not even allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.
If you pass this information on to other people in your office, to family members, and your circle of friends and only one of them doesn't know about this, then this was worth posting. You might have saved a life.
Take care out there.