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Why You Should Avoid Cruise Control in Inclement Weather

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The skies are overcast and the wind is howling, but you’re warm and toasty in your car, breezing along the highway with your cruise control set at a cool 70 mph. Traffic is pretty light on this chilly afternoon, and your coffee thermos is still halfway full from the last stop. Your road trip couldn’t be any smoother, until raindrops suddenly begin to splatter on your windshield.
 
Before you know it you’re driving through a steady rain that only falls heavier the more you continue in the same direction. You consider slowing down and shutting off cruise control, but you’re making outstanding time. Besides, the rain doesn’t seem that bad. So on you drive through the storm at the same speed, a loner in the left lane.
 
In a best case scenario, no one will be in the left lane, and your tires will continue to channel water away from the tread even as the rain falls heavier. But the reality is that other drivers will end up in the left lane, and they’ll constantly press their brakes to maintain control of their vehicles. Even if they move out of your way, your risk of hydroplaning increases as the rain falls heavier and you maintain a high speed.
 
What is hydroplaning?
Hydroplaning occurs when your tires can’t channel water away from the tread, causing your tires to lose traction with the road, which immediately puts you in danger of an accident. The faster you drive in wet weather, the greater your chances are of hydroplaning. And if you start to hydroplane with cruise control on, your car will continue to make adjustments to maintain speed, which could cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
 
If you’re driving in wet weather, always leave cruise control off until inclement weather stops. You’ll not only keep yourself safe, but you’ll make the roads safer for other drivers. 

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