A safety tip

Discussion in 'TM Lounge' started by Rgale, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. Rgale

    Rgale Mezzo Forte User

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    Good Safety Information that is worth knowing...


    I did not know this, and I'm betting most of you don't know it either.

    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 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. We all know you
    have little or no control over a car when it begins to hydroplane.

    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.
    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.
     
  2. wrbandel

    wrbandel Pianissimo User

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    Rgale,

    Thanks for the reminder.

    Those of us here in the North land (Minnesota), should remember that snowy and icey roads are just as bad for using the cruise control.

    Warren
     
  3. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

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    Rgale,

    It's in every driver's manual and it's amazing how many people still forget that. Thanks for the reminder!

    Stay safe,

    ML
     

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