Mountain Driving

Mountain driving is very different from driving in flat areas. In addition to changing weather, be prepared for steep hills, windy roads, wildlife, and rocks in the roadway.

When you're driving in mountains, use a lower gear to control speeds while going up or down long, steep hills.

Don't forget to check your vehicle prior to a mountain trip: brakes, steering, suspension, cooling systems, tires and the level of fluids. During the trip you should avoid overheating the engine by not using the air conditioner and driving more slowly.

Rules of driving require special attention: 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 backing up to a wider place or by stopping to leave sufficient space for the vehicle going uphill, except where it is more practical for the vehicle going uphill to return to a wider space or turnout.

High altitudes can affect not only the car, but the driver and passengers as well. Be careful and follow the safety advice that you can find in this chapter.