Driving in the Hills - Be a Master
Driving on the hills, negotiating the twisty ghat sections are more challenging than driving on the straights. Mastering the skill of ghat section driving makes driving a pleasure as well as enjoyable for the driver as well as the co-passengers.
- There are a lot of blind spots and the vehicles coming in the opposite direction can cut into your lane while negotiating the hair pins.
- It is important that your car is in the right gear when ascending as well as descending. Don’t rush to up-shift. Maintain enough torque and downshifting help in engine braking while descending.
- Brakes get heated while descending on constant use. Hence, combine both brakes as well as engine braking while descending the ghats.
- Turn your head along with the car while cornering. This helps in maneuvering the car better on the twisties.
- Take a break. Most of the ghat sections offer you great sceneries. Spend some time enjoying the natural beauty. Remember to park your car properly, without obstructing the traffic.
- Smooth and steady. Maintain a smooth driving style on ghats. Avoid sudden acceleration and braking. This makes you as well as your co-passengers tired. Also, some passengers may get giddy on the ghats.
- Don’t tailgate or allow being tailgated.
- Don’t race against time, it is extremely dangerous. Also, plan to overtake well in advance and do only when you have good visibility.
- Avoid night driving, especially if you are negotiating the section for the first time.
- Always give way to vehicles going uphill, as they lose the momentum when slowed down.
- Use horn wisely
- Give sufficient gap for a truck/ bus while following as well as one negotiating a hairpin in the opposite direction. Wait for the truck/ bus to complete the hairpin (when coming in the opposite direction) as they take wider turns and cut into the opposite lane.
- Be- considerate, it pays.