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Date Registered: 09-2004
Location: Lambton ( Newcastle)
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CRUISE CONTROL IN THE WET


The following may be of interest to those who may not be aware of the use of cruise control in the wet. I was unaware of this and checked the handbook and it states not to use cruise control in wet weather.

Dennis

"I wonder how many people know about this?

A 36-year-old female had an accident several weeks ago and totalled her car.

A resident of Wollongong, NSW, she was travelling between Wollongong & Sydney. It was raining, though not excessively, 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 tyres lose 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.

The Highway Patrol estimated her car was actually travellingthrough 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 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, totalled
 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."



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Date Registered: 12-2004
Location: Mount Isa, QLD
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Hi Dennis,

Thanks for the info.

I'll keep this in mind for next time I'm using my cruise control in the rain.

Cheers

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Date Registered: 02-2004
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Hi Dennis,

This looks like a spam email which has been circulating for quite a while now and there are two versions of it.

The full story is HERE

Good advice, which is even explained further and in depth HERE

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What is hydroplaning? In rain, a layer of water builds up beneath your tires. As you drive at higher speeds, the car begins sliding on this layer and can cause you to loose all physical contact with the ground. The car's wheels skim along the water's surface instead of making contact with the road. This is called hydroplaning, and greatly reduces control, allowing even slight gusts of wind to cause your car to skid. Thus it is highly advisable to avoid high speeds during rains.



Notice ways to avoid this from happenning:

How to avoid hydroplaning:

* Don't drive with bald or badly worn tires. (Rich take note) LOL
* Ensure your tires are properly inflated.
* Check tire pressure and slow down when rainfall is heavy or storm water – is standing on the road.
* Don't use cruise control on wet roads


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Date Registered: 02-2004
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In theory, I can't see how this could have occurred...

Think it through - cruise control only accelerates (well the factory-fitted one does, anyway - I believe Jalal's aftermarket one also brakes as well). If the wheels started to spin (either from aqua-planing or loose surface) then the speedo would suddenly start to register a faster speed than the vehicle is actually travelling. Seeing as the input for the speedo is directly related to the wheels turning and not the velocity of the vehicle, then as soon as the ECU detects faster speed (through wheels spinning) it would reduce acceleration.

However, I did notice last time we went to Oberon it was raining on the hill at the end of the M4 (after Penrith turnoff) and I left cruise control on, that the wheels started to spin (more due to lack of grip/tread depth than aqua-planing), but it didn't do it (wheelspin) long enough to see if it was the fault of the cruise control - I guess it backed off the accelerator due to the reason stated above.

Anyone feel free to comment/correct my theory emoticon



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Date Registered: 01-2006
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This has the hallmarks of an urban myth, in particular:

- 'pass this on to everyone you know'
- U.S. terminology (miles per hour, patrolman, pavement, references to ice) yet purportedly a "local" event

Someone's obviously translated it to Wollongong rather than the original Texas.

Gotta bless the little cotton socks of those who forward these on, but if only they'd check an urban legends site like Snopes
 first...

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Date Registered: 08-2004
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I actually had the opposite occur on my recent trip to Sydney. Had the cruise set in the rain, hit a stream of water running across the road, and the cruise cancelled.

This was on a reasonable uphill slope and I had just passed someone and moved back into the left lane, so it was a bit scary for the engine to cut out like it did.

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Date Registered: 02-2004
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I have never experienced the cruise control problem in the wet (haven't tried that actually) but my cruise control does slow down the car on slopes and keeps it within the set speed.

What I did experience indeed was Hydroplaning and this happened on the highway during heavy rain and at a speed of around 110kms/hour on the factory Toyo's I had. There were still brand new and I just couldn't believe when I felt the front of the car floating and skidding from side to side.

The Toyos are the worst tyre I have seen in the wet at high speed.


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Just ensure you also leave it in Auto 4Wd then, if you take off, you should have all wheels under control when you come down again emoticon
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quote:

Panfa1 wrote:

Just ensure you also leave it in Auto 4Wd then, if you take off, you should have all wheels under control when you come down again emoticon



Have all lights turned on for safe landing too emoticon hehehe



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