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A huge tragedy has been averted on the Taif – Riyadh road after the cruise control option in a car malfunctioned and it started speeding up to 220 kilometers per hour.
Cruise Control failed
Abdul Majeed Al Otaibi was driving the car when the cruise control malfunctioned. His car was speeding up and pushing the brakes was not deactivating the cruise control.
Highway Patrol in action
He immediately contacted the highway patrol at 996 for help after all efforts to slow down the vehicle had failed. I started reciting لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله.
Highway patrol sprang into action and proceeded to clear the roads in front of him and guided him on the phone as to how he can disable the cruise control system.
Ultimately, the car stopped when its fuel tank finished. Without the Highway patrol, he could have met a fatal accident way before that.
Cruise control failure 2
In one instance a Saudi man lost control of his car when the cruise control option malfunctioned and locked at 180 kilometers per hour on the Qassim Highway.
The Highway authorities helped clear the roads in front while also escorting him until the car stopped finally due to running out of gas.
Cruise control failure 3
Another instance was when the cruise control function in an automobile malfunctioned and locked in at 200 kilometers per hour.
This driver called the Highway authority too, and similar actions were taken to escort the vehicle while clearing out the roads in front. This car also only stopped once it completely ran out of fuel.
Source: Arab News