Tips for Hill Driving

Tips-for-Hill-DrivingMost 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.

Health Check

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.

Overtaking

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.

Escape ramps

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!

Posted on by Chevrolet India in Safe driving, Safety First 3 Comments

3 Responses to Tips for Hill Driving

  1. Ravindra

    These tips are really good for the first time drivers… Add more to this about handling the vehicle to maintain traction in the uphill and downhill position.. And also braking… utilization of handbrake…etc

     
  2. Sri

    These tips are really Good. I had a thrilling first time hill drive very recently and yes Proper usage of Braking, Slow Accelerating and Most imprtantly Very good Focus on signs and signals would give you a pleasant experience. I use chevvy beat Diesel and I absolutely loved the drive.

     
  3. MANTHIRAMOORTHI

    I bought my Chevy Spark in June 2012. I have not tried the hill driving so far. These tips will definitely useful for my future hill trips.

     

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