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Winter Driving Tip - Turn off the Cruise Control

February 10th, 2014  |  Auto Insurance

Cruise Control is a great feature to have. It makes driving a little easier and allows you to stretch your legs and get more comfortable, especially if you are driving a long distance. However, even though it is a convenient feature, it is one that you should probably avoid using when driving during the winter.

As outlined by Transport Canada list of winter driving tips to prevent problems before they occur, it is essential to avoid using cruise control when driving on slippery roads and during poor conditions in the winter.

The main issue with using cruise control during the winter is that it provides drivers with a false sense of security and many drivers tend to relax once they hit the cruise button. These are two things that can be an issue when driving in snow or on icy roads. It is also recommended that drivers not use cruise control when it is raining or the roads are wet and slick.

Why?

  • You never know when you will need to react suddenly and cruise control makes this more difficult.
  • Wet surfaces increase the chance that you could hydroplane, so you need to be alert and in control at all times.
  • Drivers will be less likely to identify a change in road conditions when cruise control is on.
  • Gaining control of your vehicle will be more difficult if you begin to slide or skid.

Driving on wet or snowy roads can cause your vehicles tires to over spin, but if you are driving with the cruise control on, you will not be able to reduce the wheel spinning because the cruise control system will continue to apply power, which will keep your wheels spinning and reduce your ability to control your car. This is not a situation you want to be in when behind the wheel.

While cruise control is a convenient feature, its best to use in when the roads are dry and during the spring and summer months.

Do you use cruise control during the winter? Have you ever had issues?

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