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finkles
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So, is this really true?

>Subject: Cruise Control

>Have any of you guys heard anything about the >following:

Read this, this could save your life!!!!
>
>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 excessive, when her car suddenly began
>to hydroplane 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 had 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 and
>your car begins to hydroplane - when your tires loose contact with the
>pavement - your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed and you take
>off like an airplane. She told the patrolman that was exactly what had
>occurred.
>
>We all know you have little or no control over a car when it begins to
>hydroplane. You are at the mercy of the Good Lord. The highway patrol
>estimated her car was actually traveling through the air at 10 to 15 miles
>per hour faster than the speed set on the cruise control.
>
>The patrolman said this warning should be listed, on the drivers 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 other people and only one of them doesn't know about
>this, then it was all worth it. You might have saved a life.

You know, I've never heard of this. But what's the difference between using your cruise control and maintaining the same speed?

finkles "safety first" 2000

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BeachLife
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Cruise-achow

Eta...that's always been common sense to me. Crusie control is best used only during the 'easy' driving.

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Mr. Furious
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Originally posted by BeachLife:
Crusie control is best used only during the 'easy' driving.

Right. It's not auto-pilot, despite what some people seem to think.

Still, I wish people would either use cruise or learn how to maintain a vaguely constant speed on the highway.

Dr "70 to 50, 50 to 70, 70 to 50" Furious

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Warlok
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quote:
Originally posted by Dr. Furious:

Still, I wish people would either use cruise or learn how to maintain a vaguely constant speed on the highway.

Dr "70 to 50, 50 to 70, 70 to 50" Furious

Oooooh - you nailed one of my driving munchkins right on the head!!

Warlok

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finkles
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Looks like I should have searched for this instead of immediately posting it. My bad! I'm a lazy, lazy man. . . Thanks for posting that, Beach!

finkles2000

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DemonWolf
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quote:
Originally posted by finkles:
So, is this really true?
>We all know you have little or no control over a car when it begins to
>hydroplane. You are at the mercy of the Good Lord.

Unless you're an athiest. Then you're at the mercy of a complex set of mathmatical varibles. [Razz]

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ASL
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quote:
Originally posted by DemonWolf:
quote:
Originally posted by finkles:
So, is this really true?
>We all know you have little or no control over a car when it begins to
>hydroplane. You are at the mercy of the Good Lord.

Unless you're an athiest. Then you're at the mercy of a complex set of mathmatical varibles. [Razz]
Putting Sir Isaac Newton in the drivers seat, as it were?

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