Driving in the rain
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
Drive in cruise control only on dry pavement.
Maintain a safe consistent speed in the rain and all the time.
If the cruise control in the rain chances of 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
Drive a safe speed and 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.
NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you
To set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.