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Good Vision In A Downpour?!

Oky-Doky; as I live in sunny San Diego, CA where we are often refered to “as people who don’t know how to drive in the rain.” I thought ok interesting an Email with some hints/tips for staying safe during those few off days when the clouds block out our sunshine and drop water upon us by the buckets full.

And it does happen, raining so hard that no matter how new your wiper blades are or how fast you set the wipers to clear your windshield you are lucky if you can see past the front end of your car. Add to that the streets are now all a slippery mess and everyone still drives the same speed as when not a raindrop is in sight, it can get very harry-scarry, panic attack time.

So here is the Email with all its “useful Tips”? But be sure to read about the accuracy to this information at the end of the Email, Ok.

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How to achieve good vision while driving during a heavy downpour.

We are not sure why it is so effective; just try this method when it rains heavily.
This method was told by a Police friend who had experienced and confirmed it.

It is useful…even driving at night.

Most of the motorists would turn on HIGH or FASTEST SPEED of the wipers during heavy downpour, yet the visibility in front of the windshield is still  bad……

In the event you face such a situation, just try your SUN GLASSES (any model  will do), and miracle!

All of a sudden, your visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.

Make sure you always have a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car, as you are not  only helping yourself to drive safely with good vision, but also might save your friend’s life by giving him this idea.

Try it yourself and share it with your friends!???

Amazing, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of rain  falling?

You can see where the rain bounces off the road? It works to eliminate the  “blindness” from passing semi’s spraying you too?

Or the “kick up” if you are following a semi or car in the rain?

They ought to teach that little tip in driver’s training… It really does
work.

This warning is a good one!

I wonder how many people know about this:

A 36 year old female had an accident several weeks ago and totaled her car.
A resident of Kilgore, Texas she was traveling between Gladewater & Kilgore. It was raining, though not excessively, when her car suddenly began to  hydro-plane and literally flew through the air. She was not seriously injured  but very stunned at the sudden occurrence!

When she explained to the highway patrolman what had happened he told her something that every driver should know – NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON. She thought she was being cautious by setting the cruise control and maintaining a safe consistent speed in the rain.

But the highway patrolman told her that if the cruise control is on when your  car begins to hydro-plane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your  car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an  airplane. She told the patrolman that was exactly what had occurred.

The patrolman said this warning should be listed, on the driver’s seat  sun-visor – NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY, along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a safe speed – but we don’t tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.

The only person the accident victim found, who knew this (besides the  patrolman), was a man who had a similar accident, totaled his car and sustained  severe injuries.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to  set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on. If you send this to  15 people and only one of them doesn’t know about this, then it was all worth  it.

You might have saved a life.
*****************************************end of Email********************


****Note:
The error about driving with sunglasses is that there are missing details- like the FACT that only “POLARIZED” sunglasses offer any help. And they should only be used during the daytime and in  light or moderate rainfall, fogs and mists. NEVER during heavy downpours or heavy fog and NEVER-EVER at night! – Partly True; Snopes.com

About Using the “Cruise Control” during the rain. – True; Snopes.com a pair of green sunglasses

So there you are folks! Sure glad this chain Email littered up my Inbox with all its amazing useful and “police friend confirmed” information! With the extra comment – telling me to “try it” and to “Share it with my Friends” cause I might Save A Life!

I think all they really needed to say was don’t drive in a heavy downpour or heavy fog especially at night unless you really, really have too. And when it rains SLOW DOWN and drive “Like a little ol’ person.” Oh, and be sure to have good wiper blades that aren’t rotten!

Take Care Friends and Drive Safely.

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