You are driving downhill on a steep, narrow road and a vehicle is coming up the hill. What should you do? You are driving downhill on a steep, narrow road and a vehicle is coming up the hill. What should you do?

  • A. Vehicles moving downhill should give way to vehicles moving uphill

  • B. Vehicles moving uphill should give way to vehicles moving downhill

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    The correct answer is A
     
    Correct. Even though a vehicle coming uphill can (all things being equal) stop quicker, this rule ensures the vehicle travelling downhill, where stopping distances are longer, has to pay more attention
     
 
 
 

Six challenges in driving downhill

When driving downhill you need to be aware of the following:

Therefore, brake early and get your speed right before the corner for any corners when you are going downhill. On narrow roads be prepared to stop.

If you are driving on surfaces that are slippery, for example icy roads, it can sometimes not be possible to stop at all, as you can see in this video. See just how quickly the second car picks up speed.

Reducing brake fade

You can conserve your brakes and reduce brake fade by changing down one or two gears to help use engine braking. If you are driving an automatic vehicle, change to the manual or sequential mode. The automatic gearbox will prevent you changing down into a gear that's too low.

Load shifting

If you are braking downhill there is more chance of the load shifting forwards, whether you are in a car, van or truck. This guide explains how to carry things in a car.