Most drivers don’t know much about driving on the hills. They might end up doing excess honking, be confused on what gear to use, overuse their brakes, etc. It’s no wonder that a large percentage of hill accidents involve drivers from lowlands. Here are some points to remember while making a trip up north.
Get your car thoroughly checked up before planning to drive in the hills. Cars tend to heat up, require better handling and more braking. It never hurts to take a few things like engine oil, brake oil, coolant, in case you might need it. They aren’t too many mechanics to help you out on the way and calling for one isn’t an option unlike in cities.
Be light on turns
Be smooth when approaching turns by slowing down and gradually turning the steering. Hard turns will not only stress you out, but also the car. It can also cause motion sickness. This happens because the body needs time to adjust to the pressure in high altitude places.
Keep within speed limits even on a straight stretch
Hilly roads are laid a little difficult in some places. Sometimes you may encounter bend after bend and then a stretch of straight road. But don’t get tempted to press down on the accelerator. Chances are you’re not familiar with the road, and unlike highways, it’s a bad idea to speed in the hills. You have no idea when the stretch will end or when a turn is coming up. Always keep to your speed limit; it’s for your own good.
Driving at night
If you’re driving at night be sure to keep your headlights on low beam; for high beam can blind on-coming traffic. Use your blinkers to alert people behind you when you’re stopping or slowing down.
Before overtaking on the hills, be sure to check for traffic signs like bends, narrow bridges, etc. Keep your eye on the vehicle for signs of speed change, overtaking moves or swerving in front before overtaking. The car in front has a better view of things ahead and might take action to avoid any obstruction you may not be able to see.
Built on most steep mountain roads, these ramps allow drivers to either stop or to overtake. They normally have a long bed of loose soft material like gravel to help slow down. With narrow roads a constant, escape ramps offer a much-needed rest stop for drivers at times.
Now that you know the essentials to driving on the hills, pack your bags and surprise your family with a nice weekend getaway to your favorite hill station!