Hill and Mountain Roads
Driving on steep hills or mountains is different from
driving in ﬂat or rolling terrain.
If you drive regularly in steep country, or if you are
planning to visit there, here are some tips that can make
your trips safer and more enjoyable.
Keep your vehicle in good shape. Check all ﬂuid
levels and also the brakes, tires, cooling system,
and transaxle. These parts can work hard on
If you do not shift down, your brakes could get
so hot that they would not work well. You
would then have poor braking or even none
going down a hill. You could crash. Shift down
to let your engine assist your brakes on a
steep downhill slope.