Rocky Mountain Driving Tips
Got a few questions for ya’: While driving downhill, have you ever seen smoke flying from the inside of the rear wheels of a tractor trailer? Have you ever felt your brakes get mushy while going down a fast, steep grade? Ever smell an acidic, sweet smell that becomes acrid as you continually push on your brakes? Do you ride your brakes? Are you driving in the left lane slower than traffic in the right? Do you tailgate (drive too closely) to vehicles in front of you? Looking for that elusive cell signal at 8,000 feet? Do you know what to do if you blow a tire while zooming downhill? Living in the Denver area, knowledge of mountain driving is a necessity. Below are a few tips to help you drive more safely in the Rocky Mountains. Remember: If you have an automatic transmission, put your car in park after or while stopping. With a manual transmission, you’ll have an easier time slowing down as you drop gears. Let your car stall-out on the side of the highway and leave it in gear (reverse is best if you can).