Q. Cruise Control and the Risk of Hydroplaning on Wet Roads

Answer

For information about vehicle safety, contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

You'll find NHTSA Regional Office contact information on: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/nhtsa/whatis/regions/

You may email NHTSA Headquarters using the e-form on: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/email.cfm

The toll-free NHTSA hot-line may be reached at 1-888-327-4236

In the Washington, D.C. metro area and for foreign callers, the number is 202-366-0123.

The Hotline is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 10 PM Eastern. Hot-line automated system functions are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The NHTSA web site, with a wealth of information, is: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov

There are numerous discussions on websites about the claim that using cruise control can increase the possibility of hydroplaning on wet roads:

http://www.snopes.com/autos/techno/wetroad.asp

http://www.howtodothings.com/automotive/a3090-how-to-prevent-and-control-hydroplaning.html

(Note: These private-sector sites and/or companies are not necessarily recommended, maintained, or endorsed by the US DOT or any US Government office. We offer these suggestions strictly as a convenience, should you be interested in exploring their services.)

  • Last Updated Dec 13, 2016
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