Safe up-hill driving: Pay attention to the revolutions per minute If you don’t, you run the risk of overheating engine and brakes

(dtd). Not all driving is the same. Driving in the mountains, for example, differs greatly from driving on flat country roads. If you do not pay attention, you risk overheating the engine and the brakes. However, to make it safely and stress-free to the summit and back down, all you have to do is pay attention to your engine’s revolutions per minute (rpm).

While the basic riles are the same, it is the powers that make the difference between driving up a mountain or driving on flat country roads. Inexperienced drivers often underestimate the associated risks which can lead to unpleasant and dangerous situations such as overheated engines and failing brakes. The risks are high but they can easily be avoided. 

Experts of Hochtouren.net recommend driving in the right rpm range when going uphill and downhill. It’s best to keep the engine in the medium rpm range. You are doing yourself and others a disservice, if you drive uphill in first gear. If you drive too slowly, your engine does not get enough engine-cooling airflow and heats up more quickly. Therefore, choose a higher gear in the medium rpm range.

And the gear you chose to get up the hill and to the summit, is the same gear you should use driving downhill, if the uphill and downhill grades are more or less the same and if you have the feeling that your engine brake is functioning. The engine brake’s job is to make sure that you do not constantly have to apply your brakes. That prevents the brakes from overheating. The higher the gear, the faster the wheels turn. The lower the gear, the lower their turn rate. Making the right gear choice ensures that your downhill speed stays the same despite the powers that pull the vehicle downward and without putting unnecessary strain on your brakes.

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