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Why shouldn’t you use cruise control in the rain?

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Many people use cruise control on longer trips because it enables them to keep a consistent speed. It’s a good way to avoid driving at speeds that are higher than the posted limits on roadways. While this is safe much of the time, you shouldn’t ever use it when it’s raining. 

There are several reasons why you shouldn’t use cruise control when it’s raining outside, however. Some of these include:

Risk of hydroplaning

Wet road conditions can lead to hydroplaning, especially at higher speeds and in heavier rain. One of the first things drivers have to do when their vehicle starts to hydroplane is slow down. A driver who is using the accelerator could just take their foot off it; however, a driver who’s using cruise control may have to brake to get the cruise control to turn off. Braking when you’re hydroplaning could lead to a greater loss of control of the vehicle. 

Failing to pay attention

Using cruise control may make some drivers become distracted. This can lead to them making errors as they drive. While this is dangerous enough in dry conditions, it becomes more problematic in the rain because of the increased stopping distance and the chance of losing control. 

Unfortunately, it’s possible to be involved in a crash in the rain even if you don’t use cruise control. If another driver strikes your vehicle, you should get medical care for your injuries. You may also choose to seek compensation from that driver. This can help to get your medical bills and other expenses related to the accident covered.