Hill and Mountain Roads

Driving on steep hills or through mountains is different than driving on flat or rolling terrain. Tips for driving in these conditions include:

► Keep the vehicle serviced and in good shape.
► Check all fluid levels and brakes, tires, cooling system, and transmission.
► Shift to a lower gear when going down steep or long hills.

If you do not shift down, the brakes could get so hot that they would not work well. You would then have poor braking or even none going down a hill. You could crash. Shift down to let the engine assist the brakes on a steep downhill slope. WARNING
If you do not shift down, the brakes could get so hot that they would not work well. You would then have poor braking or even none going down a hill. You could crash. Shift down to let the engine assist the brakes on a steep downhill slope.

Coasting downhill in N (Neutral) or with the ignition off is dangerous. The brakes will have to do all the work of slowing down and they could get so hot that they would not work well. WARNING
Coasting downhill in N (Neutral) or with the ignition off is dangerous. The brakes will have to do all the work of slowing down and they could get so hot that they would not work well.

You would then have poor braking or even none going down a hill.

You could crash. Always have the engine running and the vehicle in gear when going downhill.

► Stay in your own lane. Do not swing wide or cut across the center of the road. Drive at speeds that let you stay in your own lane.

► Top of hills: Be alert — something could be in your lane (stalled car, accident).

► Pay attention to special road signs (falling rocks area, winding roads, long grades, passing or no-passing zones) and take appropriate action.

    See also:

    Playing from an iPhone®
    This feature supports the following iPhone model: • iPhone (3G – 3GS) To use the iPhone, follow the same instructions as stated earlier for using an iPod. ...

    Driving at Night
    Night driving is more dangerous than day driving because some drivers are likely to be impaired—by alcohol or drugs, with night vision problems, or by fatigue. Night driving tips include: • ...

    Safety
    Since our previous review, the LaCrosse has been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and it performed very well. It's a Top Safety Pick because it scored Good, the top rati ...