Mountain Road Driving – How To Do It Safely
February 10, 2018 at 8:42 PM
Driving 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.