Driving on hills is pretty similar to driving on flat ground. There are, however, a few things that you need to do differently to make sure your vehicle does not roll into unsafe positions.
Driving on hills
You’ll need to use a lower (or stronger) gear when driving uphill as well as use more accelerator than you usually would when driving on flat ground at a similar speed. You also need to keep your revs high enough while shifting gears to avoid stalling the car.
Braking while driving down the hill will take longer and going faster is a lot easier. You, therefore, have to be careful with your speed.
How to stop on hills
The following steps should help you stop your vehicle safely when driving on hills:
- Check your mirrors.
- Indicate left.
- Look where you want to stop.
- Remove your foot from the accelerator.
- Apply the brake gently.
- Push the clutch in as you stop.
- Engage the vehicle’s handbrake and put the car in 1st gear if your car is facing uphill, or put it in the reverse gear if you are facing downhill.
- If parking the car, angle your front wheels towards the kerb (if the car is facing downhill) or to the right (if your car is facing up the hill)