It seems to me that the cruise control doesn't know how fast you are
going but it does know how fast the drive wheels are spinning and if
you lose traction, they will start to spin faster, and the cruise will
let off the accelerator umtil the tires slow down.
With almost no traction, as in hydroplaning, (which the cruise control
will see as equivalent to going down a steep hill, where gravity
cancels out drag) won't the engine speed have to drop dramatically,
perhaps all the way to idling? And it won't go up again until the car
I will admit, that iirc, I don't use cruise on wet or icy pavement,
but that is because I want full control of the car and think I can
take my foot off the accelerator quicker than the cruise (which might
not even be true. Which do you think is faster in decelerating, me or
the cruise?), but I still don't think the cruise will make the car
Anyone know anything about this car. The post** seems like a hoax,
but hoax writers often put in stuff like this to make it sound real.
**Well, actually the email I got had a lot of stuff in it, totally
unrelated, nor related to cars or safety. And from a good guy who got
it from a good guy, from a very good guy. I think someone was
I found one page that says the car has wiper warmers, but didn't say
anything about wipers and cruise. (although it would be harder to
I use it all the time in light rain and when dry, but far less than the mile
you state. Both my cars have traction control or stability control and the
cruise control gets knocked off at the slightest hint of wheel slip. Not
every car has that. ESC is really nifty. I was playing in the snow in our
parking lot at work and it gives amazing control in slippery conditions.
Because I'm the world's best non-professional driver, the following doesn't
apply to me: I'm convinced that on wide open highways with very little
traffic, cruise control lulls people into a mental state similar to watching
late night television when you know you really should just go to bed. So,
people think they're being good drivers, but in fact, they're not.
That is physically impossible. Think about it: if the tires no longer have
contact with the pavement, they *cannot* accellerate the car. They'll just sit
there and spin. Undoubtedly, the *indicated* speed on the speedometer will
increase, but equally certainly, the *actual* speed will decrease slightly.
Also physically impossible.
While that might have *seemed* to have happened, it is not possible that it
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
On Feb 16, 1:27�pm, email@example.com (Doug Miller) wrote:
well cruise controls work on oe basic safety idea, anything wierd
happens and the driver will go for brakes. just touch them and cruise
is turned off.
I use cruise only on wide open roads with little traffic, never in bad
or rainey weather or much traffic at all.
i too believe people can get lulled into a false dream like state.
its a known fact called highway hypnosis
Isn't this the problem that caused the accident that caused Ed Smith,
well known Newfoundland columnist and educator to be involved in a
very serious and near fatal accident several years ago.
He is now a paraplegic and uses a special computer to 'write' and
Seem to recall that comment after that accident included advice to
'never to use cruise control on icy slippery/roads'.
The fact that cruise control was was engaged at the time appeared to
have contributed to, if not caused, vehicle to become uncontrollable
and drive off thr road.
Our vehicle has CC; don't like it and have never used it, under any
If we ever did so it would be only in completely dry and open traffic
I do know one person who disconnected their CC after a close call when
it did not disengage quickly or correctly!
Comment or correction welcomed.
Using CC on icy slippery road? He must be an big time idiot!!!! All 4
of my family vehicles has CC and they are all AWD, CC is only used on
straight open highways in summer time under normal weather condition.
Also if one really wants to control his/her vehicle, learn to use manual
shift and take some defensive driving course.
My father's instructions were simpler; he said to drive as if 3/4 of the
drivers were crazy and the other 1/4 were homicidal. It's worked for 68
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But outside of religious miracles, things that defy basic physics don't...
The _indication_ of higher odometer speed can be true, but that's not at
all the same thing as actual higher ground speed. The sensation of
acceleration described by accident victims may well be true, but it's
the change in direction in virtually all cases more than the change in
actual speed that is the cause of their feeling of acceleration.
That in virtually all circumstances the loss of traction will result in
decreased input force to the road prevents speedup on level terrain is
simply a force balance.
What are you all, a bunch of city slickers. Heck, where I live it's
10 miles to take my son to school. Cruise control is used by everyone
on the expressways cuz of the distances. So before you-all condem it,
realize that there are lots of different folks out there with
different driving situation. If you're driving 3 miles at 10 mph, you
probably don't need it. But I often drive 200 or 300 or 400 miles at
at time, so it definitely helps reduce the fatigue.
Doesn't matter. It shouldn't be used in close quarters. Nothing should come
between the driver and the controls, no matter how easy it is to disable.
There is no debate. You are not qualified to drive a car.
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