Mountain driving can be scary for any driver. Adding the extra challenge of driving a large vehicle can be overwhelming so we’ve compiled a list of mountain driving tips to keep you feeling secure and prepared:
1. Inspect your vehicle -
Make sure your truck is in good condition before travelling to avoid any potential issues. This is smart for driving in any terrain, but especially important for mountain driving because there may be limited places to pull off if you do have an issue. Check your brakes, tires, and fluid levels.
2. Bring Chains -
Even if you don’t expect to use them, it’s always important in mountain terrains to have chains just in case weather conditions change. Mountain weather is very unpredictable!
3. Fill up on gas before entering the mountains -
Often in mountain driving, there are very limited gas station stops. Also, the gas stations you may come across will likely charge extra, so fill up before you head into mountain terrain!
4. Go slow and steady -
Take your time! Most experienced truckers recommend going 5 miles under the speed limit at all times to ensure your safety and the safety of the cars around you. If other drivers around are rushing you, pull off when you get a safe opportunity to do so, but remember going slow could save a life.
5. Don’t tailgate -
Especially when traveling downhill on a mountain road, leave yourself plenty of space between you and the car in front of you. In case there is traffic stopped around a blind corner, you will give yourself plenty of time and space to slow down. It also leaves plenty of room to adjust in case you start to lose control and need to straighten out your truck.
6. Use proper shifting techniques -
It is a good rule of thumb to be in one gear lower than the gear you came up in. Downshifting is important so you reduce the risk of overheating your brakes. Also, if you see a steep downgrade coming, shift downward before you get to that section of road rather than halfway through.
7. Expect weather conditions to change -
With altitude comes rapidly changing weather conditions. Mountain fog can be brought on quickly and change your visibility. Make sure to reduce your speed even more with harsh weather conditions.
8. Bring food, water, and emergency gear -
Be sure to bring extra food and water in case something does go wrong. Also, having extra warm clothes and blankets can be a life saver. It is important to have a tool kit, flares, cones, and a first aid kit.
Here at Fleet Oil and Truck supply, we understand mountain driving can be difficult. We hope these tips will help you feel more prepared and keep you safe!
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