Message Monday

winter driving: if you cruise, you lose control

Take control of your vehicle on wet or icy roads. While cruise control is a great tool on dry pavement when you want to maintain a constant speed, did you know that setting the cruise on icy roads could actually cause you to lose control of your vehicle?

Icy or wet roads cause your vehicle’s tires to lose contact with the pavement. When this happens, the best way to maintain control is to take your foot off the gas to slow your vehicle down until your tires can make contact with the pavement again. Cruise control is designed to keep your vehicle going at a constant speed. When it is on and your car starts to slide, instead of slowing down your car continues to accelerate giving you little or no control over where your vehicle ends up.

How do control your vehicle if it starts to skid on ice?

There have been nine fatalities reported since last Monday. The 2018 fatality count of as of Dec. 31 stands at 318. This is subject to change as law enforcement reports are completed. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at


January 21, 2019