We adore cars precisely because they give us the freedom to head to desired destinations under our direction. Fuel, map, and motivation seem like everything we need to explore the world or at least close destinations that don’t require too much travel time and mileage.
However, we know that some roads are more or less passable, better or worse arranged. There are especially steep, and often inaccessible roads that lead us to the mountains, which are especially popular with tourists in winter. So how do you save a car while driving on mountain roads and stay safe? We’ve researched you, and find out some tips below.
Check the condition of the car before the trip
A few days, although better before the trip (so that you have enough time to fix it all in case of a breakdown), check the condition of your car. Make sure that the brakes, wipers, defroster, heater, and exhaust systems are in good condition.
Also, make sure that the brake and transmission fluids are filled and changed at the interval recommended for your vehicle. The brake fluid, as it works, absorbs moisture and contaminants that lower its boiling level. Frequent use of the brakes can overheat the fluid and you may lose braking efficiency when you need it most. Also, check the tread on your tires and make sure they are properly inflated.
It would be best to do the famous general – do an inspection of each segment of the car and fix everything that turns out to be unsafe or defective. Today, you can find everything for a car online, so in case of a certain breakdown or replacement of a part, you don’t even have to wander around the city much.
Consider reducing the power of vehicles on mountain roads
Do not treat your car the same as when driving on flat roads. Keep in mind that in most vehicles, the horsepower decreases when moving uphill and thus reduces the overall power of the car, to which you are accustomed.
So have an understanding for your four-wheeler and do not expect the same strength and optimality from him on mountain roads. Drive carefully and slowly enough, so as not to damage the car and overload it.
Winter equipment is required
The legal regulations that refer to the obligation to wear winter equipment differ from country to country, so we advise you to get acquainted with it before heading to the mountains. Of course, you will have to comply with this legal regulation, but even if it does not oblige you to some things, we advise you to still apply them when driving on the mountain, especially in autumn, winter, and spring days, when the mountains are most often visited for skiing.
These are winter tires and chains on at least two wheels, while the depth of the tread on the tires should be at least 4 millimeters.
With these tips, we are sure that your trip will be safe and secure, and that your car will not even feel the consequences of steep and winding mountain roads. Refuel enough, get acquainted with the road map before you go, and enjoy the charms of the mountain!