Miranda (mandydax) wrote,

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It's true?! O.O

Okay, so there are a lot of people who have my email address and send me chain-letters, silly little things with 500 animated gifs of dancing fruits and such, and the ubiquitous "I'm forwarding this because I read it on the internet so it must be true" emails. The last of these I usually check at snopes.com and reply to the sender with a link that shows they are (in the lyrics of that mean doctor from Scrubs) "WRONG-WRONG-WRONG-WRONG, WRONG-WRONG-WRONG-WRONG." Well, today I got one from BB about using cruise control in slippery road conditions.

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 thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consiste nt 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 th em 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 15 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.

Now, I don't have cruise control in my vehicle (or power windows, power brakes, or even power steering >_>), but reading this I thought that it made a little bit of sense. Not the actually leaving the ground and flying through the air part, but the losing control part. So I checked, and much to my surprise:

Claim: Using cruise control on wet roads or during heavy rain can cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
Status: True.

Okay, so I've done my part. Be careful out there.
Tags: cars, chain letter, cruise control, driving, fwd, snopes

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