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Cruise Control in the Wet

wet weather

The short answer is no. AANT recommends that you think of cruise control as ‘cruisy’ control i.e. a handy device to use when driving conditions are cruisy.

Cruise control is used to keep the speed of the vehicle constant. Hence if it has been set to 100 km/h speed, the car will automatically enter a corner at 100 km/h. While cruise control is deactivated by braking, in hazardous conditions it’s best to maintain control of your vehicle at all times.

Driving in wet conditions is more hazardous than normal because wet roads significantly affect the grip of the tyres, making steering and braking more difficult to judge. At higher speeds water may not be dispersed by the tyre (particularly if worn) allowing it to ride on a plane of water and lose contact with the road surface. This is commonly referred to as aquaplaning or hydroplaning. In addition, low visibility and flooding may create unexpected hazards.

Aquaplaning can be a terrifying experience. If you feel your vehicle aquaplaning, here’s what you do:

  • Hold the steering wheel
  • Do not turn the wheel
  • Take your foot off the accelerator, and 
  • DO NOT brake.

In seconds your car tyres will reconnect with the road and you can drive on. As you can see, in wet conditions, it is advisable to turn off cruise control. You need to be alert and in control of your vehicle, ready to respond to unexpected changes in driving conditions.

For advice about driving, buying and selling your car, call the AANT members-only Technical Advice Hotline 1300 661 466



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