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.
- 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.
- Brakes on – both foot and handbrake.
- Switch engine off if not already stalled.
- Ease clutch in.
- Select low range, reverse gear. Clutch out.
- Check to see if track is clear to reverse and that the wheels are pointing straight ahead, not at an angle.
- Handbrake off.
- Footbrake off – but keep it ready for action.
- 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.
- Slight ‘feathering’ of the brake is possible but take care.
- 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/