Do Not Drive with Cruise Control Set in the Rain!!  

RoyalPurpleRose 52F
307 posts
12/11/2005 11:53 pm

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12/15/2006 6:29 am

Do Not Drive with Cruise Control Set in the Rain!!

I don't remember June 2000. The first 2 weeks of that month is a blank. But I know June 9, 2000. Or at least I have been told the events of that day. I do hope that I never actually remember.
I was told I was on my way to work that morning. I was running late because I couldn't get the kids moving, and to top it all off, it was raining. Not just a steady rain, but one of those steady downpours. As the saying goes "raining cats and dogs".
I had a 73 mile trip to make, and I always set my cruise control, rain or shine (never heard different). I was approx. 25 miles from home, on a busy highway, when I hit a patch of water across the road. I hydroplaned. I was driving a 1999 Chevy Astrovan. Now, if you don't know anything about the Astrovan ... these vehicles were built on a truck frame. Meaning they had a built in rollbar like a truck or jeep. You just don't see it. That could very well have been a factor in saving my life.
Anyway, I hit the water and lost control. I ended up going into a ditch and lodging my left front tire in a culvert, which caused the rear of the van to lift up, ripping the tire off the vehicle, and flipping end over end at least 5 times. Every window was broken out. I was wearing my seatbelt.
A man traveling behind me saw the whole thing, reported it, and was the only one that could fit inside the now crunched vehicle to assist in getting me out. When they got me out, I was unresponsive. Unresponsive is DEAD. They took me to the hospital (about a mile away) anyway.
There the doctors told my family that they found a flaid chest (where ribs are broken on one side of the body in two places) - in my case under my left arm and next to my sternum, a broken clavicle (left shoulder), a collapsed lung, and they feared severe internal bleeding and other damage. The told my family that I had a 50/50 chance of making it to the trauma center alive (because the helicopter was grounded in the rain), and very little chance of any normal recovery.
By some miracle, I did make it to the trauma center. There they also found a skull fracture, but not the internal damage they feared. So I was exremely lucky.
I was in a semi-coma (I have been told that I communicated by writing on paper) for 2 weeks and in ICU. I was given a Tracheotomy to help me breathe. That helped me to wake up.
I was transferred from ICU to the floor, and then to a rehab hospital. There I learned to walk again, and how to do everyday tasks. Because of my broken shoulder, I could not lift my left arm very high. Only about 12 inches from my side. So I went through extensive therapy to be able to use it again.
I am mostly recovered now. I am thankful every day that I am alive. I definitely think of life as a gift.
I didn't learn until almost a year and a half later that you should not drive in the rain with your cruise control set. The reason for this is that if you hit a patch of water (as I did), your tires leave the road, and because they no longer have contact with the road, the set cruise speds you up - dangerously. When you make traction with the road again, your sped is uncontrollable. There is nothing you can do.
So ... please pass this along - Do not use your Cruise Control when it's raining or roads are wet. Save a life.

demonicsexkitten 41F
10671 posts
12/12/2005 12:55 am

!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow.... i'm not sure whether to say "thanks for the warning!" or "glad you're alive" first. This just scared me... I always drive with cruise control too!!! *shivers*

i'm going to link to this post on my blog... this is just scary, and i'm sure most that use cruise control use it in all weathers too.


caressmewell 53F

12/12/2005 6:40 am

Thank you for sharing your story and I am so glad that you are alive and doing well! Happy Holidays

rm_lickmepretty 50F
851 posts
12/12/2005 11:27 am

I'm glad you're still here on the planet to have joined us.

oldman1776 78M
3164 posts
12/12/2005 12:53 pm

I'm glad you made it and you are geting back to normal. Thanks for sharing and have a Happy Holidays.

Cowboy_Deluxe 38M

12/12/2005 8:11 pm

Quite a story, me I hate cruise, I drive on dirt roadd. It is fast I bet, I have had a couple of wrecks..and it is better not to remember..mine, the biggest thing that gets me is how you think your in control, it is a comfort to be in control of a vehicle but when you lose that, tuff stuff. So here it goes, yes my wrecks were in my early, driving fast and wreckless like soo many do. Then you settle down after awhile or after a few Well it is a blessing that you can continue with life. It is a blessing that we all continue with life. Cowboy.

SpaceRangerNJ 55M
4687 posts
12/12/2005 9:34 pm

Just hopped over from demonicsexkitten's blog.
My daughter, a new driver, has cruise control in her car. Going to tell her right away tomorrow morning.
Glad your alive and doing well.

GoddessOfTheDawn 105F
11240 posts
12/14/2005 10:34 am

What a story, and yes, thankful that you're here to share it with us

be safe

Cdub2U 61M

12/15/2005 10:12 pm

We are all glad you are here with us


muffeater693 54M

12/31/2005 4:42 am

that also goes for ice and snow.. Im a truck driver i also have helps on those long drives. You should read the warnings and your drivers manual.Im glad u are alvie and doing well.Have a Merry Christmas/Happy New year. Just in case you are a different faith Happy Holidays.

RoyalPurpleRose 52F

1/2/2006 6:41 pm

Actually Muffeater ... you had it right the first time. Because of this accident, my faith is that much stronger. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs ... but I'm a bit tired of everyone telling me that being a Christian if offensive to them. Why doesn't everyone consider what they are doing as offensive to Christians???

I already know the answer ...

My Christmas was very merry .. and my New Year very happy. Wishing you the same. ~Kisses, RPR

digdug41 49M

2/20/2006 12:09 pm

thanks for linking me to this stories like this humble me and let me know that things aren't that deep and I truly am the sole controller of my universe. thank you rpr

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