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    I was out on the highway last night when it was absolutely compleletly pouring rain with an extremely high side wind. I didn't have any issues on my way out of the city, but on my way back I had my cruise set at 100 kph and every time my car was blown over towards the center line it would hydroplane, make a really loud sound and my digital speedometer would fluctuate down to 88 kph all the way up to 130 kph, but the speed of my car didn't actually change. I never had this happen any other times hydroplaning. Anyone else happen to have this experience. FYI, I did decide to slow it down to 80 kph.

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    yup. your wheels spin.
    What is it about, "Thou shalt not.....", do some people not understand?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by acreature
      yup. your wheels spin.
      Excellent. I honestly thought something was wrong with my car while I was driving. It was making such a loud sound too that I thought I got another flat tire. Nothing like being outside in the pouring rain on the side of a narrow highway with a shoulder that's only 1.5' wide trying to check your tires. Luckily it was late and not a lot of vehicles heading past me.

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      • #4
        I was out on the highway last night when it was absolutely compleletly pouring rain with an extremely high side wind. I didn't have any issues on my way out of the city, but on my way back I had my cruise set at 100 kph
        First off you should not be using cruise when the conditions are not good. Pouring rain with extremely high side winds. That is 62 miles per hour. To fast for conditions.

        You did do good slowing down to 50 miles per hour. Next time drive with out cruise control on.
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        • #5
          Lost control of unit one night and thought it would never get stopped. You have a feeling of being totally helpless behind teh wheel.

          Franklin County lost a Deputy one rainy night when he hydroplaned and crashed hard.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by explorerscout83
            First off you should not be using cruise when the conditions are not good. Pouring rain with extremely high side winds. That is 62 miles per hour. To fast for conditions.

            You did do good slowing down to 50 miles per hour. Next time drive with out cruise control on.
            Yeah, I probably shouldn't have been on the highway to begin with. It wasn't that bad when I left the city. There was only a slight drizzle. Mind you, we were being prepared at work for bad weather emergency procedures an hour before I was done. Sounds like I drove into the weather that had just passed.

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            • #7
              I convicted a woman who was driving with her cruise control set at 120 kmh in a 110 kmh zone. It was a blizzard with about 18 inches of unplowed snow on the road and she passed 14 cars driving at about 60- 70 kmh. I was one of them. Took me about 15 kms to finall close the gap. She was very quick to tell me that she was driving a 4 wheel drive SUV and had the cruise control set at the usual speed ( 120-125 ). Just couldn't convince her how dangerously she had been driving with her 8 year old son in the car beside her. She contested the ticket & lost and the judge reamed her also. She is still convinced to this day that she was doing nothing unsafe or wrong.

              Every time I see those SUV ads where they tell the drivers how safe they are in terrible weather just because they have a SUV, I want to scream the stats that show the exact opposite...but the TV only broadcasts one way. Every year during winter weather we always find that about 80-90 % of the idiots who crash due to speed too fast for conditions are driving....TA DA!!!...a 4 wheel drive SUV or pickup.

              Speedee, one of the things one learns as one gains driving experience...is that when traction decreases you MUST slow down. Heavy rain will cause you to hydroplane...it's a fact of physics, and that should give you a clue to slow down and kill the cruise control. High wind also must be a concern for you. Hope you learn enough of these things before you kill yourself.
              Last edited by Dudley DoRight; 09-12-2005, 10:59 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dudley DoRight
                I convicted a woman who was driving with her cruise control set at 120 kmh in a 110 kmh zone. It was a blizzard with about 18 inches of unplowed snow on the road and she passed 14 cars driving at about 60- 70 kmh. I was one of them. Took me about 15 kms to finall close the gap. She was very quick to tell me that she was driving a 4 wheel drive SUV and had the cruise control set at the usual speed ( 120-125 ). Just couldn't convince her how dangerously she had been driving with her 8 year old son in the car beside her. She contested the ticket & lost and the judge reamed her also. She is still convinced to this day that she was doing nothing unsafe or wrong.

                Every time I see those SUV ads where they tell the drivers how safe they are in terrible weather just because they have a SUV, I want to scream the stats that show the exact opposite...but the TV only broadcasts one way. Every year during winter weather we always find that about 80-90 % of the idiots who crash due to speed too fast for conditions are driving....TA DA!!!...a 4 wheel drive SUV or pickup.

                Speedee, one of the things one learns as one gains driving experience...is that when traction decreases you MUST slow down. Heavy rain will cause you to hydroplane...it's a fact of physics, and that should give you a clue to slow down and kill the cruise control. High wind also must be a concern for you. Hope you learn enough of these things before you kill yourself.

                Oh yeah. I wasn't hydroplaning the on the way there which was when I had my cruise on for the most part. My cruise didn't say on for long on the way back because I had to keep using my brake which automatically shuts it off. Once I figured out that my car was hydroplaning I slowed it down to 80. I also managed to avoid hitting the deer on the way there.

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                • #9
                  Here is a not for you SP. When there is snow, ice or standing water on the road, don't use your cruise control. I don't know if you had to take Drivers Ed, but that was day one.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by toby101
                    Here is a not for you SP. When there is snow, ice or standing water on the road, don't use your cruise control. I don't know if you had to take Drivers Ed, but that was day one.
                    I took driver's ed. We took nothing on highway driving or cruise control other than don't use cruise control in the city. (I do anyways on the long 90 kph stretches. Less chance of a speeding ticket.) We only spend an hour on winter driving, which I think is stupid because in Saskatchewan, it's mainly winter. If I remember correctly day one was "This is your driving manual. If you open it up the first thing you will see in the table of contents. Now turn to the page that talks about the different licence classes." I honestly, didn't learn much in driver's ed. or the in-car instruction. I learned more from just driving around the city with my parents. At the young age of 15 I learned how to pass three semis on an undivided highway going 140 kph. I can't remember the last time I was so scared.

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