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4wd Tips and Tricks: Steep Hills

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Tips on How to Navigate Steep Hills in your 4wd:

Today we’re giving you some tips and tricks on how to tackle those steep hills whether ascending or descending.

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  • Low second or third gear is generally best for going uphill
  • Low first gear is best for steep downhill
  • Don’t touch the clutch
  • Use the footbrake sparingly and with caution
  • Avoid turning the vehicle sideways on a hill
  • Allow any vehicle in front plenty of room
  • If the vehicle begins to slide sideways, very slight acceleration and steering into the slide will normally straighten your descent
  • If you stall going uphill, don’t touch the clutch or accelerator. See the stall start technique for what to do.
  • Winching is the safest way to tackle steep slopes, when all else fails.

THE STALL START or KEY START

When a vehicle stops on a steep hill, don’t panic. Think and stay calm.

    1. Brakes on – both foot and handbrake.
    2. Switch engine off if not already stalled.
    3. Ease clutch in.
    4. Select low range, reverse gear. Clutch out.
    5. Check to see if track is clear to reverse and that the wheels are pointing straight ahead, not at an angle.
    6. Handbrake off.
    7. Footbrake off – but keep it ready for action.
    8. Keeping your foot away from the clutch, start the engine and proceed backwards slowly down the hill. Don’t touch the clutch or the accelerator.
    9. Slight ‘feathering’ of the brake is possible but take care.

NB:

    • With autos, if the engine has stopped, you’ll need to start the vehicle in neutral, or park, before the reverse gear is engaged (step 4).
    • If at all in doubt, chock your vehicle and use a winch to aid the descent or ascent!

Courtesy of:  http://www.4wdworld.com.au/

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