If your goal is to stay safe this winter, it may be wise to avoid using the cruise control. Many drivers use this every time they get on the interstate, perhaps during their daily commute. But the winter weather – and the slick roads it can create – mean that it’s time to think twice.
It’s worth noting that there doesn’t have to be ice and snow on the roads to make cruise control a bad idea. Even if the roads are just wet and slippery, it can still be hazardous.
What’s the problem with cruise control?
The issue with cruise control is that it can be detrimental if you are hydroplaning on water or sliding on the ice.
In these situations, drivers are usually advised not to press the brakes, which can cause them to lose control. Instead, they’re better off to just remove their foot from the gas pedal. The car will often regain control as it gradually slows down due to friction.
With cruise control, however, this tactic doesn’t work. The car continues accelerating or maintains its speed, and even a second or two of extra acceleration could be enough to cause someone to lose control. They may not even realize what the issue is at first, just trying to focus on keeping their foot off of the brakes. But without also disengaging the cruise control, they could be on the verge of a serious crash.
This is just one of the ways that winter weather leads to motor vehicle accidents. If you’ve been injured due to another driver’s negligence, then you may need to know how to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and many other costs.