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  1. SandJ

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    There are signs on some Belgian motorways to this effect.
     
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    stands to reason really.

    Set speed at 60 mph then start an accent and drop to a point cruise will downchange and accelerate hard to return to 60 mph..

    Hard acceleration + wet surface = lack of traction.and control.

    Using Cruise on wet roads needs extra awareness but any loss of grip will be regained and cruise cancelled with a dab of the brake pedal....a natural reaction in a skid/spin.
     
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    If you let a mindless electronic devices drive your vehicle something is bound to happen
    Drivers can react to a changing situation but the gizmo can't
    I use mine all time on motorway and i must admit it caught me out a couple of times like when drinking coffee and talking on hands free

    And yes I know you should not do it but who can say they have never done some thing similar

    I think a lot of the problem is drivers don't look far enough in front most drivers are only aware of what's happening 2 seconds or so in front "I TRY" to be looking about 10 seconds in front as shows with my brake pad wear I can normally get about 40 thousand out of a set of front pads but some of our lads get about 25 thousand as they react late to braking hence more wear
     
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    Hmm
    Maybe the older vehicles which many have been retro fitted with cruise control then I can understand where you are coming from.
    My Fiat Ducato has factory fitted cruise control and if it senses any loss of traction ie the traction control light comes on it instantly knocks off the cruise,
    Problem sorted :thumb:
     
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    Sorry to disagree ( seems to be an afternoon for it ! ::bigsmile: ) but you are talking a totally different set up..
    The OP and others refer specifically to automatic gearbox set ups.. To emphasise this, your manual box cannot automatically change down if it starts to struggle.. Your set up, like mine and many many others does require physical action to change gear :thumb:
     
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    The post was about the cruise losing control on wet roads!
     
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    Having carefully read the snopes stuff, I must say I have rarely seen such squit on there ever before..

    Peeps, if you know how traction controls work and know how diffs work, take a read and have a laugh !! :ROFLMAO:

    Having said that the basic advice is sound even if the reasons suggested are in lah lah land !
     
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    cruise

    rubbish I wont say no more don't want to up set any body:Doh:
     
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    Interesting posts...... Still trying to figure out the physics but most UK roads are too crowded a lot of of the time to use cruise control safely anyway. I prefer to keep a safe distance from other vehicles and so only use cruise when traffic is sparse, in any of our vehicles. A bit different when there isn't much traffic around.

    Never thought about the pros and cons of using cruise in the wet, though.
     
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    Hmmm.. I use and have used cruise just about all the time.. In fact in towns it is better to use it as I can keep my foot over the brake all the time.. cutting down stopping time as I do not have to move my foot from accelerator to brake

    Having said that, in snow of very slippery conditions I would not use it, but rain ? Christ, the bloody van never goes fast enough to do anything unexpected !
     
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    Interesting point - I can see that, but don't think I'd do it myself.
     
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