This article will look at car safety in the mountains, and will provide some tips for anyone afraid to drive. Before you hit the road, check out this advice on how to stay safe while traveling through mountainous regions.
1.Check your vehicle lights are functioning
Always check that your headlights are working before you set out on a long journey. If you’re planning to drive at night, make sure all your lights are working and that they are clean and free of dirt.
2. Make sure you have enough petrol
Planning your route and checking you have enough fuel before setting out can avoid issues when it comes to safety in the mountains. It is also important to plan for delays and road closures, which will inevitably happen with mountain weather.
3. Check your tires
Inspect the tread on all your tires before you get on the road. If you see that your car needs new tires, it’s always best to replace them before you head out. This way, you can avoid getting stranded in mountains.
When driving up steep mountain roads, try to bring your speed down to a crawl when approaching turns. Make sure there is space for your vehicle in case you need to move over and be aware of trucks and other large vehicles which may be passing by.
4. Check your brakes
Ensure that your vehicle’s braking system is in top working order before taking a long journey through mountainous terrain. Don’t be complacent – even seemingly minor issues, like a faulty light, can become dangerous in the wrong conditions. If you need to fix any issues with your vehicle while driving, pull over and take care of them as soon as you can.
5. Drive defensively – and use your horn more
In the mountains, keep your speed low and be attentive to your surroundings. Watch out for other drivers who may be on a road you’re unfamiliar with, especially at night when visibility is reduced. If you need to pass by a slower vehicle, try to do so in an emergency lane.
6. Consider not driving
Allow your vehicle to rest, if possible. Repairs need time and you could end up being stuck on the way back to where you started. Don’t try to rush it or cut corners – use common sense and always err on the side of caution when driving in mountains.
7. Carry emergency items
Always keep these essential objects in your vehicle, and – eventually – you will be very grateful that you have them. You should always ensure that they are easily accessible at all times when the situation demands it.
8. Don’t rely on your cell phone
Mountain areas commonly suffer from low signal and this can make it difficult to call for help if you have a breakdown, so just in case, carry a spare tire and a set of jumper cables.
9. Pack extra water and food
Mountain roads are dangerous and accidents do happen so always be prepared for an emergency. Always keep these essential items in your vehicle. If you’re ever stranded with your vehicle in the mountains, here’s what you should pack:
1) A blanket – It’s important that you remain warm as much as possible, especially during the night or until help arrives.
2) Extra clothing – Pack enough clothing that will get you through the following day until you’re rescued.
3) A road flare – If your car breaks down, these are a must have to alert other drivers that there is a hazard on the road.
4) Cell phone charger – This makes it easier for you to stay in contact with your family or whoever you need to in case of an emergency. Also, don’t forget to bring along your mobile charger adapter for your car and power bank because you may need your phone more often than expected.
10. Don’t travel alone
Mountain roads sometimes get very dangerous with steep drop offs and curves. Not only that, there are also unpredictable weather conditions and sometimes night time can be a little shady when it comes to safety. Always drive with your vehicle in front of you.
11. Relax! Don’t worry about your safety
It’s important that you stay calm while driving in the mountains. Once you’ve made the decision to go out on a long journey, do not overthink it or get stressed out by what could happen or what you might encounter along the way.
12. Always check for road closures
Before you begin your journey, take a look at the latest information about weather conditions in the mountains. It’s always a good idea to plan ahead of time so that you can be sure whether or not certain roads are open at the time of your trip.
13. Leave earlier than planned
Don’t be afraid to leave a little earlier than you thought you should if you’ll be driving long distances through mountainous terrain. This way, if bad weather suddenly rolls in and causes delays, it won’t have an impact on your schedule or cause issues with other appointments that you may have made while on your journey.
14. Make sure you can be seen
Always have a safety vest in your vehicle that you can easily take off and place on if you ever need to stop and help another driver. This way, you’ll be easy to spot from other vehicles in the area and will also make it much easier for them to notice you.
15. Always check for ice on your windshield wipers and lights
If the weather suddenly turns bad, the last thing that you want is for your lights not to work properly. It’s always a good idea to check this before leaving on long journeys through mountainous terrain.
16. Take a portable phone charger
If your phone isn’t charged before leaving, you may need it to call for help or to let someone know where to find you. A portable charger will make sure that your phone stays on at all times in case of an emergency.
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17. Know the route before you drive it
Always check the weather before you take a long journey through mountainous terrain so that you can decide whether taking the road is a risk worth taking.
18. Take turns safely
The best thing that you can do if your car breaks down is to pull over and get out and call for help, instead of trying to fix it in the middle of a mountain road. Always pull over safely, so that other drivers can see your vehicle and know what’s happening as soon as possible. Also, be sure to signal turn signals whenever turning at any point on the road. This will keep everyone safe in case there are other drivers on the road nearby.
19. Keep your eyes on the road
Never look at your phone, take selfies or adjust the radio while driving. It’s important that you keep your eyes on the road at all times, especially in mountains where weather changes can come quickly. Even if you have all of this done before you enter, it’s important that you stay focused as much as possible while driving to make sure everyone around you is safe as well.
20. Avoid becoming a distracted driver
Texting and using your cell phone while driving can be deadly in any terrain and mountain areas are no exception. If there are other drivers around or you aren’t able to pull over safely, avoid talking or looking at your screen for too long.
21. Don’t drive by yourself
Driving in the mountains can be dangerous no matter how well you know the area. If you do not have someone to help you, it’s much more likely that you will break down without the chance of reaching help.
22. Watch out for wildlife
If you are driving in the mountains and encounter a deer or other animal on the road, immediately stop and switch off your engine and pull over as far away from their path as possible. This way, they won’t have an opportunity to run into a vehicle and cause an accident or wreck.
23. Always check the weather
If the weather suddenly turns bad, it can be hard to see anything around you. Make sure that you are prepared for this by checking the weather every day before leaving so that you know what to expect.
24. Only go through closed roads if it’s necessary
This is mainly because there is ice on the road and you’ll need to stop at a certain point where it’s safer. Never take this decision lightly or take risks with your safety and make sure to always be aware of your surroundings when driving in hazardous conditions.
25. Stay on the road
If you need to be somewhere and you don’t have a car in front of you, always stay on the main road or road that you’re traveling. There’s no use driving into a dangerous area and then having to walk through it.
26. Wear a seatbelt
This is so important for your safety and that of others around you as well. You shouldn’t drive if you’re not wearing one and this is especially true when driving in mountains. Don’t drive without a seatbelt and make sure it’s on tight!
27. Watch out for black ice
If you see a chance of black ice on the roads, be sure to slow down and drive careful. Even if you don’t see it right away, this can ruin your trip! Be on the lookout for extra slick spots in the road which are not visible.
28. Keep your car tuned up and in good shape
Always remember to check your tire pressure before hitting the road. This is the best way to make sure that you’ll be protected from any bad weather conditions that may arise. It’s also important to check your windshield wipers and lights before leaving as well – especially since this will help ensure that you’ll be able to drive even when it’s pouring snow outside or raining in heavy amounts.
29. Avoid distractions
Don’t take calls or talk to passengers while driving just to avoid getting distracted. This is dangerous and can put your life and the lives of others on the line. If you get distracted, you may end up off the road or in an accident.
30. Never enter an icy road with heavy traffic
This is one of the easiest ways to get into an accident while driving in the mountains. If you are going to make a wrong turn, try to do it when there are fewer cars on the road so that you won’t get hit or cause damage to anyone else’s property.
31. Don’t stop in blind turns
If you are traveling down a mountain and need to stop for any reason, don’t do it in a blind turn. The last thing that you want is for another driver to come around that corner above the speed limit and have no idea what’s happening ahead of them until it’s too late!
So, as you can see, there are a lot of things you need to keep in mind when driving through mountains. Please be safe and follow these tips for the safety of everyone around you!
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