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Cruise right off the road

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It's easy to zone out while driving.  You crank up the tunes a little bit, look out at the endless road, and slap on the cruise control.  It works most days but Thursday will be a different story.

What are rain drops now will turn into ice in just a few hours.  Leading to a slower and longer commute in the morning.  The weather over the next few days is expected to be the coldest we have had yet.  Lesser storms have already produced cruise control issues.

"I've had a crash already where somebody was on the interstate with cruise control on in icy conditions.  That first little weather event we had.  They ended up going off the road and rolling their vehicle," said trooper David Hanson of the Minnesota State Patrol.

Many people's first reaction when they start to lose control is to hit the brake, and slow the car down.  The break is what is often used to turn off cruise control creating a potential driving risk.

"If you do hit an icy patch the best thing to do is let off the accelerator and just let your car go through it, coast through it.  And, if you're on a cruise control the car might not do that it may increase your chances of spinning out or getting into a crash," Hanson said.

Overpasses, bridges, and ramps will be the first spots to slick up, so as you drive those are some spots that are prone to icy conditions.  

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