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Should you use cruise control in wet weather

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Even without cruise control, driving in wet conditions can be more hazardous because excess water affects the tyres’ ability to grip the road, increasing the risk of skidding or slipping. The grooves in tyres are there to maximise grip in adverse conditions, but at higher speeds – particularly if the tyre is worn down – this may not work as well. In the worst-case scenario, it could result in what is known as aquaplaning. If cruise control is activated when something like this happens, reaction times would be slower, making the situation tougher to rectify.

Challenging driving situations require the full attention of a driver even when it’s dry, so applying cruise control during poor weather conditions is certainly riskier and not preferable. In fact, it’s not a good idea to have cruise control on any time a higher level of driving attention is required. Cruise control should also be avoided on roads with twisty, sharp bends, and any roads you’re unfamiliar with.


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