Can Cruise Control Cause Hydroplaning?

Many modern vehicles come equipped with sophisticated driver-assistance technologies. Cruise control is such a technology, and it can save drivers lots of effort when it is used at appropriate times.

That said, there are certain times when using cruise control can be detrimental to safety. Rainy and wet weather are just such occasions.

Hydroplaning is a common occurrence and takes place when rainwater or other fluids build up beneath moving vehicle tires. These wedges of water can disrupt traction and thus result in loss of vehicular control. Cruise control can worsen hydroplaning once it begins because the cruise-system sensors often mistake hydroplaning for deceleration and subsequently increase power to the drive wheels. This can exacerbate the effects of fluid-planing.

To avoid this eventuality, drivers should never use cruise control in adverse weather conditions. In addition, vehicle owners should make sure that their tires are in good shape and in proper balance.

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