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3 Driving Tips – Rain, Fog, Sunglasses & Cruise Control

September 2, 2015

I neglected to put on my copy where I got this. My apologies. It may have come off a Facebook post, but it seems to be set in Canada. I thought this information was useful and should be shared. I hope you find it helpful as well.

1. 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 experienced and confirmed it. It is useful even at night, and used by Canadian Military Drivers for years. Make sure you always have a pair of SUNGLASSES in your car. Share this with a friend.

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, try your SUNGLASSES (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.

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 “kick up” if you are following a semi or car in the rain.

2. And for a similar reason, why “Fog” lights must make WHITE light, or else are useless in FOG. Those YELLOW “FOG” lights are great in those blinding night SNOW storms, and those big snowflakes become virtually invisible, but YELLOW is useless in RAIN, or FOG.

3. This next warning is a another good one! A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car. A resident of Kinburn, Ontario, she was traveling between Kinburn & Ottawa. It was raining 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 USE THE 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.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.

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