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Winter no time for cruise control

The Victoria Time -- Never use cruise control when it's raining or the road surface is wet. There is always a chance the vehicle will hydroplane on slippery surfaces. The tires rise up on a thin film of water at high speeds and lose contact with the highway concrete or asphalt. There is a much greater chance the driver will not detect this condition until it is too late for remediation, particularly when there is no sense of foot-feel on the accelerator pedal.

The same advice applies when there is an accumulation of snow or ice on the road. The drive wheels have a tendency to overspin before the driver notices the loss of traction. The vast majority of non-professional drivers panic in this situation. They slam on the brakes.

The result of this manoeuvre is to worsen an already dangerous situation. The


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Submitted Dec 18, 2012 By: Nicoalbum
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JustBigB
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2013 5:54:22 PM

Some people have not used the whole thought process they were given.
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remay
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 10:03:03 AM

Wow, people would actually USE that under those conditions???
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 8:05:27 AM

Good refresher.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 4:05:56 AM

Duh.
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bicycle1966
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 4:01:10 AM

when driving is difficult, I always want as much concentration and control as I can get. I don't even have the radio on when driving becomes sketchy.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:33:02 PM

Good advice...basic reasoning.
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crreed1
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:32:04 PM

slow down and live
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:29:10 PM

also use your headlights at night...
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RevDrCBJ
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:26:05 PM

This tip is really a no-brainer.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:17:00 PM

Really ok
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:14:41 PM

Drive Safely
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:10:37 PM

Let's see the snow first.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:10:12 PM

You can use cruise control in Tucson in January.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:09:07 PM

Gee common sense, hello.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:04:35 PM

Common sense can go a long way in everything you do.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:04:28 PM

If people are going to drive like idiots they are going to do it with cruise on or off, no matter.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:03:41 PM

People, use common sense!
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:03:19 PM

Just be safe people
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:02:54 PM

Correct. Common Sense.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:02:13 PM

Common sense advice
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:01:30 PM

True.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 9:00:25 PM

Yep
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:56:55 PM

Good advise
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:54:38 PM


Same sentiments for a winter drive over the Kancamagus Hwy. from N. Woodstock to Conway, NH in the winter jrsva.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:54:37 PM

Good reminder of common knowledge
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:54:37 PM

So True.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:52:21 PM


Only true for the 'unconscious' driver and those texting, eating, or reading the paper.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:49:29 PM

True.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:45:51 PM

As many have said, 'common sense'.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:45:14 PM

“Winter driving is never fun.”

Certainly never fun in Pensacola, Shea, with all the snow birds there. I love winter driving up here in the mountains, especially when I can get out before the plows and salt trucks have messed it all up. Crossing the mountains on six inches of fresh powder is a delight one can experience only rarely anymore.

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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:43:50 PM

what if you have traction control?
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:40:20 PM

LOL, datsundriver.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:36:56 PM

common sense.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:34:01 PM

i totally agree
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:31:54 PM

Exactly, I never use cruise control when road is wet or snowy or icy. If you start losing traction, let go of accelerator instead of hitting brakes. COMMON SENSE, this is a no brainer.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:28:53 PM

Winter driving is never fun
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:28:25 PM

I use cruise control all winter with no problem!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:27:38 PM

Cruise control is useable on wet/snowy roads. But ONLY if you are
fully aware of the physics on reduced friction. ie,trip it off on curves
or if a wheel spins and set it lower than normal. Total alertness must
be maintained.


This use of cruise is risky and not recommended for most drivers.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:26:55 PM

As other posters have mentioned, I let road and traffic conditions dictate the use of cruise control.

Of course the potential risks are considerably higher in winter months, more so with "black ice".
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:25:27 PM

lot of drivers have no idea of how a car operates in different conditions and probably think that no matter what it does the same thing....and we wonder where common sense left the building sometimes
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:23:17 PM

Good tips for those in areas of wintry conditions
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:23:07 PM

Misleading headline. I let road conditions determine whether I use my cruise control, not the season.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:18:00 PM

without saying
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:17:24 PM

good advice.
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:16:01 PM

duh
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:15:47 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:15:22 PM

No kidding. THis is a no brainer!
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:14:56 PM

Isn't this covered in driver's ed?
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:14:45 PM

slip slidin
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2012 8:13:33 PM

Thats good to know if you use cruise.
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