Safe Driving on Mountain Roads

If you are going to be traveling through the beautiful hill country of Sri Lanka, you can look forward to the stunning vistas of green tea estates and hot cups of tea at the many tea centers along the way. Many of the roads in these areas are in excellent conditions but it’s always a good idea to refresh your memory for safe driving on mountain roads. Planning for a safe drive begins with ensuring that the vehicle you rent for mountain travel is in good condition for steep inclines and downhill drives. Here are some tips for safe driving on mountain roads

  • Make sure your brakes are working well. Renting from a reputable car rental company such as Malkey Rent-A-Car is advised, to ensure that proper checks have been done on your vehicle.
  • Stay on your side of the road, allowing extra space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front, ready for any sudden stops.
  • Watch the speed limits, and look out for signs that warn you about road conditions like sharp bends, steep inclines and landslides ahead. Sri Lankan roads will have road signage indicating all necessary warnings.
  • Keep an eye out for pedestrians and animals, especially at night.
  • Make sure that you have sufficient fuel if you’re traveling through remote areas.
  • Turn your lights on if driving in foggy conditions but do pull over in a safe spot away from the road if your visibility is significantly compromised.
  • Overtake slow traffic only if you have a clear view of the road ahead. Do not overtake on a blind curve or when your visibility is compromised.
  • If you’re stopping to admire the view at high lookout points, make sure to use your parking brakes and you can further secure the car by wedging rocks behind your tyres if required.
  • Shift to a lower gear as you go downhill to reduce the need to constantly step on brakes. Pull over and check your brakes if you get a burning smell, allowing your vehicle some time to cool off before you restart your journey.
  • Use maps & navigation assistance if you are traveling through unfamiliar areas and unmarked roads. Sri Lankan locals are usually very friendly and helpful and most will be able to provide guidance if you stop for directions.

If you are looking for more information, please check out What is it like to drive in Sri Lanka? and Roadside Assistance in Sri Lanka.

Monday August 16, 2021