Viewing the mountains in the distance is a beautiful sight. But driving through them can be very dangerous, especially for a truck driver carrying tons of freight. If you follow some basic safety rules and take advantage of the safety features available to you then you can quickly gain confidence on mountain routes.
To help with the challenges you may face, we have created these driving tips that new and experience drivers can take advantage of:
1. Always do a Proper Pre Trip Inspection
For any driver, on any terrain, a proper pre trip inspection is key to a successful route. Before you begin travelling make sure your truck is in excellent condition. Be sure to check the brakes, tires, fluid levels and check for any leaks.
2. Have a full tank of gas
You never know when bad weather will hit so it is important to fill up your tank before you head out.
3. Use proper braking and shifting techniques
When making your descent, it’s a known guideline to be one gear lower than the one you came up in. Also, remember to brake and downshift before the downgrade.
4. Don’t rush
Take your time on the roads and leave plenty of room between vehicles. Going a little slower can't hurt and let people pass, it's not a race.
5. Beware of changing weather conditions
Mountain driving can be very unpredictable, so be cautious as visibility can vastly decrease within a matter of seconds.
6. Bring water, food and emergency gear
Be sure to pack extra food, water, and clothing; and take a first aid & toolbox kit along with you.
For new truckers, facing the challenge of mountain driving can be very intimidating. Pay close attention these tips and soon you will be ready to gain the confidence you need to make it through the mountain terrain.