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Old 11-08-2012, 09:40 PM   #1
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Driving in heavy rain and using criuse control.

I cannot confirm the sunglasses method but I was involved in a serious accident on the second item.






Driving in the rain -- this may
save your life
GOOD VISION IN A
DOWNPOUR
How to achieve good vision while driving
during a heavy downpour.
We are not sure
why it is so effective; just try this method when it
rains
heavily. This method was given me by a Police
friend who had experienced
and confirmed
it. It is useful....even driving at night. One method
used
by Canadian Military Drivers for
years.
Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or
FASTEST SPEED of the wipers
during heavy
downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield
is
still bad......
In the event
you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES
(any
model will do), and miracle! All of a sudden, your
visibility in front
of your windshield is perfectly
clear, as if there is no rain.
Make sure you
always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car, as you
are
not only helping yourself to drive safely with good
vision, but also might
save your friend's life by giving
him this idea..
Try it yourself and share it with your
friends! Amazing, you still see
the drops on
the windshield, but not the sheet of rain
falling.
You can see where the rain bounces off the
road. It works to eliminate the
blindness from
passing semi's spraying you too.
Or the kickup
if you are following a semi or car in the rain. They
ought
to teach that little tip in driver's training.
It really does work..
And for a similar reason, why Fog
lights must make WHITE light, or else
are useless in
FOG
Those YELLOW FOGlights are great in those blinding
night SNOWstorms, and
those big snowflakes become
virtually invisible.
But YELLOW is useless in RAIN,
FOG.
This next warning is a another good one! I wonder how
many people know
about
this:
A 36 year old female had an accident several
weeks ago and totaled her
car. A resident
of Kinburn, Ontario was traveling between Kinburn Ottawa.
It was raining, though not excessively, when
her car suddenly began to
hydro-plane and
literally flew through the air.. She was not
seriously
injured but very stunned at the sudden
occurrence!
When she explained to the OPP Officer what had
happened he told her
something that every driver should
know - NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH
YOUR CRUISE
CONTROL ON . She thought she was being cautious by setting
the
cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed
in the rain. But
the Officer told her that if the cruise
control is on when your car begins
to hydro-plane
and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your
car
will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you
take off like an
airplane. She told the OPP Officer that
was exactly what had occurred.
The Officer
said this warning should be listed, on the driver's
seat
Sun-visor - NEVER USETHE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE
PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY,
along with the airbag warning. We
tell our teenagers to set the cruise
control and
drive a safe speed - but we don't tell them to use the
cruise
control only when the pavement is
dry.
The only person the accident victim found, who knew
this (besides the
officer), was a man who had a
similar accident, totaled his car and
sustained
severe injuries.
NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota
Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow
you to set the
cruise control when the windshield wipers are on. If
you
send this to 15 people and only one of them doesn't
know about this, then
it was all worth it.. You might
have saved a life.


Mike
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:08 PM   #2
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Agreee.
Any inclement wx, no cruise control!! I am a Defensive Driving Instructor and I always cover this.
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:01 PM   #3
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Don, a real good idea by Toyota , should be on all vehicles with cruise.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:12 PM   #4
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Both are true, but polarized sun glasses work MUCH better.

However, I do disagree with the statement about using a white fog light over a yellow. The naked eye can see the yellow spectrum better than the white. That's why all those super white, bright headlights absolutely suck in the snow or fog. Besides bouncing back at you, you need a yellow spectrum to penetrate the haze. In the rain, the white lights (which are actually called driving lights), propbably do a little better, but in the fog or snow, yellow (fog) lights will work much better.
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When I lived in snow areas, I would always warn employees in my plant meetings to listen to their front wheel drive cars. I would explain to them if the wheels spun they could not steer, let off the gas immediately. This was back in the time when front drive was beginning to be the normal over rear drive. Most people would initially overdrive them because of the increased traction.
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And many states have laws ...Wipers on lights on. If the wipers are needed, you need to be seen by others so turn on the headlights...not the "PARKING lights.

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This from Snopes.com
snopes.com: Sunglasses in the Rain
carefully read the last part "in a nutshell".
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Yep, when roads are wet we don't use the cruise control OR the engine brake either. One of my most harrowing driving experiences was coming down a long, steep grade in California during a downpour and not being able to use my engine brake.

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