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Safety tips for ascending mountain roads
Summer is likely the best possible time for cross-country ventures, which may eventually expose motorists to winding mountain roads. The breathtaking beauty of mountain terrain is well worth the journey, but many drivers may not be used to the curvy roads and steep gradients. Taking certain precautions will ensure that your drive through the alpines is smooth and enjoyable.
First and foremost, those who attach campers to the back of their vehicles by hitches should be extremely careful when going up or down steep slopes. It's tricky going uphill because the drivers should accelerate just enough to ensure that they reach the top, but not so much that they lose control.
Average drivers usually slow down at the beginning of sharp turns, but the crest of cliffs tend to distort visibility. This makes curves more difficult to assess from a distance, meaning that motorists should press the brakes well beforehand to anticipate the sharp turn - especially since the degree of the turn isn't always obvious. Additionally, drivers should constantly be on the lookout for fallen debris from landslides, which can sometimes obstruct roadways - especially after heavy rains.
In essence, every reaction a driver makes should be more exaggerated and swifter in mountainous terrain. By doing this, drivers can compensate for unforeseen changes in the road ahead and ensure that their hillside excursion is safe and relaxing.