Living in North Carolina, you may or may not see a mountain every day. However, it doesn’t hurt to know how to drive in mountainous areas! Toyota of N Charlotte wants to help you know how to drive safely on different types of topography. Whether it’s high altitudes or at sea level, our N Charlotte Toyota dealership has safe driving tips for you!
If you’ve ever found yourself on a road with a constant up and down, you know driving on hills can be tricky. Whether the hills are steep or the traffic is heavy, you should keep these safe driving tips in mind on hills:
A bit more intimidating than hills, mountains require driving with extreme care. Driving up the mountain can be dangerous, and so can the drive back down.
Before you attempt to drive through mountain territory, make sure your N Charlotte Toyota has a full tank of gas and is in tiptop shape! While driving through mountain roads, you may go over a hundred miles without passing a gas pump. Having a full tank of gas will also keep you safe in case you have a roadside emergency and end up stranded on the side of the road in bad weather.
You should also have your vehicle checked at our Toyota Service Center before you start your ascent. When driving on mountains, you need your car’s engine, brakes, transmission, and other components to be in their best shape. Have your N Charlotte Toyota inspected from bumper to bumper before you make your way to the summit.
Once you and your ride are ready for the mountain ranges, use these safe driving tips for your ascent and descent on mountains:
If your brakes begin to overheat, allow them to cool off. Find a safe place to pull off of the road and put your car in park, using the parking brake if necessary. Let your car sit there for several minutes, allowing your brakes to cool down and regain braking efficiency.
For more safe driving tips from Toyota of N Charlotte, visit us at 13429 Statesville Road! We’re just off of I-77 at exit 23!