Driving on Hills

  • Driving on Hills -
  • Check your brakes before you start the journey.
  • Your driving skills are surely tested while driving on hills. You require to engage the correct gear before climbing up or descending a steep road. Complete the gradient section without changing the gear. Make way for bigger vehicle like trucks or buses and never attempt to overtake near bends or at the crest of the hill, as you cannot see the oncoming traffic. Sound the horn and use the dipper lamp at blind corners and sharp turnings.
  • You need to follow road traffic signs more carefully.
  • When driving down hill, try not to apply brakes, but use the engine brake (lower gear). Overuse of footbrake may result in total brake failure.
  • Vehicles going uphill should be given precedence.
  • While parking your car on a positive (uphill) gradient, use the parking brake and shift the lever into the first gear position. On a negative gradient (downhill) shift the lever to the reverse position.
  • Never turn off the engine or put the gear in neutral position while going downhill as it is very difficult to control a vehicle.