Here in Central Florida, we don’t exactly have a lot of mountain ranges. If you ever decide to head north or west, it’s likely that you’ll face some mountainous areas. If you do, it’s important that you know how to safely drive through this type of typography. Toyota of Clermont is sharing safe driving tips for tricky typography like mountains and hills!
Master mountain safe driving
The key to staying safe while driving through mountainous territory is to be prepared. Not only should you know safe driving techniques, but you should also make sure your car is ready for the mountain roads. Before you start at the summit, you should start with auto service! Bring your vehicle to our Clermont Toyota Service Center to have your car inspected from bumper to bumper. For driving up and down mountains, your car’s engine, transmission, brakes and other components, should all be in tiptop shape. One other step to being prepared for driving through mountains is to start with a full tank of gas! You could end up traveling over a hundred miles without passing a gas pump.
Once your ride is ready for the mountain ridges, it’s time to put our safe driving tips into practice! When driving up or down a mountain, remember to:
- Maintain your lane. While driving on an empty mountain road, it’s tempting to hug the center line or drift into the middle of the road. This is very dangerous. Mountains have a lot of blind turns that make it impossible to see oncoming traffic. Stay safely in your lane and anticipate oncoming traffic around corners.
- Traffic heading up the mountains gets the right of way. Ascending a mountain strains your engine and losing momentum could exhaust an engine. Leave plenty of room for cars heading up the mountain.
- Don’t ride your brakes on the way down. Overusing your brakes can cause them to overheat and lose braking efficiency. To be safe, use the pulse braking method. Determine a safe speed for driving down the mountain. Only use the brakes when your speed gets five mph over your predetermined speed. Pull over and allow your car brakes to cool off if necessary.
- Drive in a lower gear. Whether you’re going up or coming down, shift your car into a lower gear. If the mountain is very steep, shift it into the lowest gear possible. A low gear makes the drive less strenuous on the engine, transmission and your brakes.
Clermont Toyota tips for driving on hills
When handling hills from behind the wheel, it requires using extra care. Hills cause a lot of up and down, and often some impaired visibility. When driving on hilly roads, remember to:
- Pass cautiously. Ensure there is no oncoming traffic before you pass cars.
- Turn on your headlights at night. Make sure you can see other drivers and they can see YOU!
- Drive the speed limit. Abide by speed limits to avoid damage to your car on hilly roads.
Be careful while out on the road, no matter the type of topography! For more safe driving tips, visit Toyota of Clermont at 16851 State Road 50!