Short Guide to Road-Worthiness
in the hills can be real pleasure if you just take a bit of extra
Please Dont Drink & Drive as this might put
you and your dear ones life in danger.
get your trip off to a calm and happy start, make sure you know
where you are going and have a plan to get there. Tell your
family and friends about your itinerary, too-it can make all
the difference in an emergency.
ahead on weather and terrain conditions in places along your
important to factor in enough time for extra stops, predictable
and unpredictable, you might need to make along the way - for
your child, for food, for traffic jams caused by rallies or
massive buffalo-cart convoys on a highway.
usually advisable to start early in the morning. Have a restful
night prior to your trip. That includes at least six hours of
sleep, to make sure you wake up without a trace of fatigue.
driving is inadvisable on Indian roads. If you must, the look
out for pedestrian and cyclist on narrow roads. They are hard
to see because of the high beams of oncoming vehicles.
the winter especially, day driving is the best. Fog may engulf
you after sunset and, if its's thick enough, fog lights become
ineffective - sometimes you can't see even your own car bonnet.
petrol pumps closed down at 7 pm in the hills and along highways,
so keep an eye on your fuel gauge.
and animal-drawn carts are also a hazard at night, espacially
in fog; these ghostaly object suddenly appear on the road sans
considerate and dip your headlights for oncoming vehicles. The
whole idea is to see and be seen !
retiring for the night in extremely low temperature, run your
engine for at least 10 minutes.
downhill, stay off the brakes as much as possible and shiftinto
a lower gear.
that vehicles going uphill always have right way.
hit the brakes hard, because you risk locking them.
engage a lower gear when going uphill before entering a curve
or riding a slope, so as to get better engine compression.
that you have enough momentum as you into a curve or up a slope,
and maitain it so that you don't stall midway.
let the engine go into low revs, which can induce knocking,
but let the momentum carry you right through the curve.
ice, snow or wet ground, do not make the mistake of dropping
into a lower gear, which will make the wheels spin all the more.
It is better to go to a higher gear and keep going through.
you hit a really skiddy patch, you might try lowering the air
pressure to get better traction out of the tyres.
especially careful while driving in rain. Visibility can drop
to a dangerously low 25 meters. Never try to move on kuccha
stretches along the highwayduring a rainstrom, and turn on your
windshield wipers before slogging through a big mud puddle.
using sprinklers to clean the windscreen while on high passes
- the water may freeze on your windscreen.
that after driving through water, braker become less effective
- so maintain some extra distance between your car and the one
that is just ahead of you.
in mind that people in the hills are often very bad about honking
their horns. Ensure, however, that you keep blowing yours so
that you don't meet up with any nasty surprises round a corner.
Tips on hill driving
Check the wear and tear on your tyres. Irregular wear may indicate
that there is a problem with the suspension.
Top up the brake oil. Check the brakes shoes and brake pressure.
Lube oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Ensure that engine,
gear and deferential oils are all at the correct level.
Change the fuel, air and oil filters if you are setting out
on a long drive. Make it a point to clean the air filter regularly
on dusty roads.
On a long journey, avoid using a battery that is over two years
This should be in perfect condition, esecipally on hill drives.
Change the v-belts of your fan, alternator or AC if there's
been any wear and tear.
Check the focus of your head lamps, espcially if you foresse
a bummpy ride.
Get the shock absorbers checked before starting.
SPRINGS Check for cracks in leaf springs, especially
the main ones.
Your car's tyres may get damaged if the wheel aren't aligned
properly; also wheel imblanaced can cause vechicle to shake
at higher speed.
Check the wiper blades. especilly in the rainy season.
Check radiator coolant and hosepipes to aviod a braekdown in
summer traffic jams.
Don't forget to carry..
For fan and alternator.
& THICK WIRE Fuses for all electric points; think
wire for faults.
Screwdriver set, wrench, key-set , jack and jack rod, wheel
spanner, knife, torch.
SPRING Main leaf springs are a must for bumpy roads,
such as those in Ladakh.
You may not find new tubes in smaller settlements.
SHOVEL Always helpful in snowbound areas.
LOGS In case a leaf spring breaks in the middle of