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Hydroplaning into the air! lol

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. :shock: 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 consistent 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 them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.
NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.

This is so retarded! yes your not supposed to drive with your cruise on in the rain but why publish lies like this to scare people instead of telling them the truth. Is anything other then the not driving with the cruise on valid in this email forward that i got? i highly doubt that the cruise will accelerate much less lift your car into the air!
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Re: Hydroplaning into the air! lol

"literally flew through the air"

No, it didn't.



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http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/wetroad.asp
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Sure the events happened but even snopes says that the car didn't take off like a rocket.

"Origins: We began seeing this cautionary tale turn in in inboxes in Nov 2002. Although these accounts are probably "real" in the sense that they indeed reflect someone's attempt to describe an automotive mishap that actually happened to him, the explanation about a hydroplaning car's suddenly accelerating and "taking off like a rocket" due to the use of cruise control is a garbled one probably reflecting the author's misunderstanding of what had occured.
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Re: Hydroplaning into the air! lol

One guy answered that while using cruise set @ 70mph in heavy rain or slush he too began to spin out of control but was able to catch it in time, so yes it's dangerous. Ummm..driving 70 in heavy rain or slush isn't safe in a rally car..nonetheless any car.
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Sure the events happened but even snopes says that the car didn't take off like a rocket.
Of course not, just posting what I found.
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Gotchya.
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I actually hydroplaned once at about 70 MPH in my Cavalier. I wasn't using cruise, but my rear tires were quite low on tread. Hit one of those areas where there were ruts in the road from trucks and I spun off the freeway into the ditch. I was lucky to go off in an area directly between 2 stands of trees. I almost certainly would have been dead if I'd gone into the trees. The entire side of my car had vertical scratches from top to bottom from the weeds I slid sideways through at probably 50 or 60 MPH.



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those must have been some hella grass stains!
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Hells yeah.  I am annoyed that I can't find the pics.  I spent about $5 at the car wash trying to get all the mud and grass out of my wheels and undercarriage.



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