Summer is the perfect time for adventuring, and some of the most beautiful and unique spots to explore in America are the mountains. Driving in the mountains comes with its own set of risks, though, so follow these mountain driving safety tips to stay safe and stress-free.
Have your car inspected first
Make sure your brakes, battery, windshield wipers, heat and air conditioning, and exhaust system are all in good condition. Air pressure and weather change the higher you go, and it can have a negative effect on your car.
Be cautious of overheating on hills
When you’re going up a steep incline, shift into a lower gear and be mindful that the car could overheat. Keep an eye on the temperature gauge as you climb the hill.
Maintain consistent speed
Even though your car will naturally go faster downhill, don’t go faster down the mountain than you went up it. But make sure you don’t ride the brake, either. Shift into a lower gear to keep the car from going too fast.
Cars going uphill have the right of way
If you’re going downhill, give cars going uphill space to pass you safely. Going uphill is harder for cars than going downhill, so they need the extra help.
Keep to the far side of the lane
If you stay too close to center line, when the time comes to pass another car you could overcorrect by swerving to the right, which can be dangerous. Be cautious and avoid hugging the center line.
If your car needs an inspection before you head up into the mountains, visit us at Hurlbert Toyota. Our service team will be happy to take a look at your car to make sure it’s in peak condition.