If you like to vacation outside Orlando, you may start to hit some hilly topography. Since we live in Florida there are not many mountains nearby, so you may not be the best at driving through them. Mountains can be very intimidating while driving in your Orlando Toyota. Take a look at some safe driving tips our Orlando Toyota dealership has put together in case you find yourself on some pretty steep slopes.
Before you head out of state make sure that your new Toyota is up to date on any Orlando car maintenance it needs. You don’t want to be stuck at the top of a mountain with no cell signal and a car that has broken down. Once your new Orlando Toyota is up to date you can start to head for the hills! Take a look at some safe driving tips about driving your Orlando Toyota through mountains below!
Drive your new Toyota safely through and topography!
Safe driving tips for going up a mountain:
- Fill up the gas tank – Gas stations are few and far between when it comes to mountainous terrain. Make sure your Orlando Toyota has a full tank of gas before you begin your journey through the mountains.
- Drive slower and anticipate braking – There are generally many signs before coming across curves and turns on a mountain; however, make sure you’re going at an appropriate speed to be able to make those turns. You should also be prepared to make unexpected stops and keep your eyes out; sometimes rocks or boulders slide down the side of the mountain and block the road.
- Don’t drive in the center of the road – It may seem like a good idea to drive your new Toyota car in the center of the road so you are further away from the edge; however, there are many blind turns where it seems like oncoming traffic can pop out of nowhere from.
Handle any hill with safe driving tips from our Orlando Toyota dealership
Safe driving tips for going down the mountain:
- Give way to cars going uphill – Try to give more space to cars passing by that are traveling up the mountain.
- Switch to a lower gear – Put your Orlando Toyota in a lower gear so braking will put less stress on your transmission.
- Don’t continually brake – Using your brakes while driving your new Toyota down the mountain can cause them to overheat and possibly go out. Instead of riding your brakes, designate an optimal speed and brake when you reach about five mph above it.
- Pull over – If you feel like your brakes are on the verge of overheating, pull off to the side and place your emergency brake lights on to notify other drivers your new Toyota is disabled.
Remember to always drive carefully. If the road ways on the mountains are icy try to avoid stopping and take your time. If you have any questions about driving safely, call one of our Orlando Toyota dealerships. You can reach Toyota of Orlando at (888) 725-3520 or Toyota of Clermont (888) 590-6090.