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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cruise Control and Car Accidents In Wintry Weather

Many parts of the country are bracing for winter storms. As we're fortunate to live in a milder climate than many Americans, Georgia drivers still need to exercise caution when encountering rain, snow, ice, or the dreaded "wintry mix."

In particular, motorists should avoid using cruise control during weather events such as snow, ice or even rain. While cruise control is a convenient way to maintain a legal speed on busy interstates, such as I-75 when traveling through the Henry County area, it can be dangerous in bad weather.

The reason? Cruise control tries to maintain a constant speed, and when a car hydroplanes or skids, the automated system may try to increase the car's speed because it interprets the lack of traction as not maintaining consistent forward movement. This can cause the vehicle to speed out of
control when the wheels regain traction on the road or another surface.

The risks associated with cruise control are higher in older model cars that are not equipped with traction control systems, but it is still recommended that car owners of all models avoid using cruise control in bad weather. An additional danger of using cruise control in wet weather is a driver's instinct to hit the brakes as a way to turn off the cruise control function. Braking while a car is in a skid can cause the driver to further lose control of the car. It is recommended that drivers avoid pressing the gas or brake while the car is skidding, and instead gently steer into the skid until regaining control of the car.

Cruise control is simply one element of risky driving in inclement weather. Decreased visibility and the longer time needed to come to a complete stop are additional risk factors faced by drivers. As a result, it is not surprising that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 23 percent of car accidents are weather-related.

For a free consultation regarding a car accident or other personal injury, contact Andrew Gebhardt at agebhardt@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.


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