Mountain Road Driving – How To Do It Safely

February 10, 2018 at 8:42 PM

road-mountain-driving.jpgDriving on mountain roads is often an exhilarating experience, but it can also be quite unsafe when done wrong. Here are some tips to make any mountain road drive safer:

  • Make sure that your vehicle’s brakes, windshield wipers, defogger and exhaust systems are in good condition before starting your journey; a failure in any of these systems could make the drive unsafe.
  • Drive as fast down the mountain road as you would when driving up by shifting to a lower gear. This way you won’t have to rely on your brakes to hold your speed downhill.
  • For steep upgrades, shift to a lower gear and watch your car’s temperature gauge to avoid overheating the engine. Pull off to the side of the road at a safe place and keep your vehicle at fast idle if you need to cool off the engine.
  • Do not drive too close to the centerline especially around curves.
  • Always remember that vehicles going uphill should be given the right of way when driving down a one-lane mountain road.

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