Driving on a mountain can be a wonderful and exhilarating but it can also be tiring and cause extra wear and tear on your vehicle. Follow the tips to ensure safety driving on a mountain.
- Fill up: many people do not know that climbing steep grades requires more fuel than the typical drive. Couple that the fact that gas stations and cell phone service could be sparse in mountainous areas and you have a recipe for a breakdown.
Many mountain roads have minimal shoulders and little or no visibility ahead, so running out of gas could place you at a very serious risk of being hit by another driver. Avoid this scenario by filling your car up completely before a driving on a mountain.
- Make sure your brakes are working, brake servicing is one of those routine maintenance chores you just cannot ignore. Brake parts have a life span and they do need to be regularly serviced and sometimes replaced to work properly.
Your brakes are of the most important safety components in your vehicle. So if you notice any of the common warning signs of brake issues, it’s time to get a professional to check your car. You will drive safe on a mountain if your brakes are working good and head off more expensive damage.
- Select a safe speed: Your speed should not be too fast for road and weather conditions. Also you should be able to maintain a safe speed on winding mountain roads. When vehicles meet on a steep, narrow road which is not wide enough for two vehicles, the vehicle going downhill must yield the right of way by braking up to a wider place or by stopping to leave sufficient space for the vehicle going uphill.
Use a low gear to help slow your vehicle down. Don’t drive in neutral or with your foot on the clutch. You must drive slowly enough so that your brakes can hold you back without getting too hot. If the brakes become too hot, they may start to fade.
- Don’t hug the center line: Most mountain roads are narrower than interstate highways: Some drivers have a tendency to hug the center line, but this driving technique is both unwise and irritating to other drivers.
If you are hugging the center line, and another center hugging vehicle comes around a curve from the opposite direction, both drivers may overcorrect and create a hazardous situation.
- Escape ramps: Escape ramps are specially built to either make stops or allow overtaking as normally the roads are not very wide to permit drivers to make a stop wherever they desire.
Escape ramps normally have a long bed of loose soft material like gravel to slow a runaway vehicle keep your eyes peeled to escape ramp locations on your route and only stop on them to allow free of traffic and for your own safety. Signs often slow drivers where ramps are located.
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