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Also while desending a series of turns or s bends it is better to use the gear for braking as using the foot brakes heats up the brake shoes and sometimes can cause the tire to burst...
Meena Satyanarain Sharma
Use of blinkers is a good idea during low visibility such as heavy rain, fog and passing through tunnels. Too much of honking on the highways does disturb the drivers. Also too close overtaking.
One more point to remember is when driving in the hills (or on any road) at night and if you have a vehicle in front of you, be reasonable
Hi,I've been driving in the hills for a long long time and would like to add one word of advice, that i've found working perfectly for me.Uphill vehicles, especially the older generation cars, jeeps and laden trucks always seem out of breath, and generally try to straight-line corners to keep their momentum. in the process they tend to push you either into the hills hills, or the vast valley beneath.Always leave a 3-4 feet gap between the edge of the road and your car. This way 1. you are making the opposite vehicle clearly aware of your presence on the road, and most importantly 2. you have a shoulder to veer into, in case there isn't enough place when passing each other. trying to make space for the passing vehicle without this space, especially in a critical moment will almost certainly mean that you either scrape the sides of your vehicle along the hills, or tumble down the valley.
Kshitiz Sharma (H.P.)
those who are disagreeing on this comment must be mostly people from plains or doesn't know how to drive in hills/mountains.
another point.. Uphill traffic has the right of way..
All points here are well thought out and valid. I have lived in the ghats for a long time now and I'm glad you've put together these important thoughts. Let's just hope people read and apply these to real driving situations. There is one important point you've missed though, and that is usage of the horn. It is absolutely critical sometimes, especially on narrow sections, blind curves, or even crests, to give the ol' tooter a blast, since it does two things: a) it warns oncoming traffic of your presence, and b) it sometimes garners a response which alerts you to slow down. Depending on the response sound, it's sometimes even possible to gauge the kind of vehicle approaching; a truck would sound very different from a motorcycle, so you can slow down, especially if you're going downhill.
Good, remarkable advice.
Recently I had been to Kodaikanal, Tamilnadu and observed most of the vehicle, which is coming down, do not harn and not responds to. Obviously, it would be good manner to horn when taking a corner and blind spot.
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