Is a Trip to The Mountains on The Card? Driving Tips That Will Keep You Safe on Hilly Roads
What do most RVers think of when they plan a trip to the mountains? It must be diesel RVs. Every driving enthusiast knows that these high-torque vehicles are the perfect choice for negotiating hilly roads and narrow, twisty passes. Therefore, it is only natural for you to start planning a mountain vacation the moment you welcome the new member of your family - your diesel motor home. However, maneuvering the 40 feet behemoth up a narrow and steep mountain road can be a challenge especially if you are new to RVing. Here are five things you should keep in mind if you are sitting behind the wheel of a diesel RV for the first time:
Prep Your RV for A Mountain Ride
Begin with checking the tire pressure and tread. Next, check the fluid level and top it up if needed. Make sure that the brake is working properly.
Use the Right Map
When driving a 40-feet long diesel motor home, use a GPS system or an app specifically designed for large vehicles. Using something like the Google Maps app that works with regular cars will send you along the wrong route, making you struggle up difficult mountain roads one after another and you will end up covering a fraction of the planned distance in a day.
The right maps, on the other hand, will help you avoid the more challenging routes and other obstacles that could either be risky or prolong your driving time. They will also help you locate the nearest RV parks on your way.
Keep to Lower Gears
Don't slam the brake every time you need to slow down; it only heats up the pad. Instead, learn how to control your speed using lower gears (upto the third). If you are driving an automatic RV, shift it down to lower counts before starting your climb.
Slow Down When It Snows
If it's snowing heavily in the high attitude, maintain at least a 10-seconds distance between you and the car immediately in front of you. A large vehicle like a diesel RV tends to accelerate faster while running downhill. Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you allows for more stopping time. Don't panic if you start skidding; simply apply more pressure on the brakes and keep on steering into the skid. If visibility gets worse, pull over at the first opportunity.
Remember That Mountains Have Different Road Rules than the Plains
Who has the right of way on the hilly roads? The vehicles that are going uphill. Whenever you see that an automobile is coming up from the opposite side, stop to allow it to pass. If the road is too narrow for two vehicles, back up until you reach the wider part of the road so that the other vehicle can pass. And never take the center line on a mountain road.
It is beyond any doubt that diesel RVs are ideal for mountain driving trips. However, before you head for the hill in your newly-bought RV, brush up your knowledge on how to tackle narrow passes and steep ascends. Keep our tips in mind to be safe on the road.