- Go down the mountain NO faster than you went up. If there is a mantra for this type of towing, this is it! Because your trailer load will be pushing you along, maintaining a slow, but steady speed is critical for maintaining control of the towing vehicle. Use a low gear and travel no faster than 25 to 30 mph when possible.
- Avoid riding the brakes, especially on the way down. This can cause your brakes to fail. Instead of constantly depressing the brake pedal, slow down to a safe speed-again and then ease off. Allow them to cool and repeat until you are down the incline.
- Find out if your vehicle is equipped with a Tow/Haul feature.
- Maintain a safe distance from any vehicles in front of you.
- Do not worry about creeping along - be safe. Sometimes doing the right thing will mean that a convoy of irritated drivers forms behind you. Take this in stride, be patient and stick to your guns. No one can get to his or her destination without mindful driving.
- Be aware of the weather - The ups and downs of mountain driving can mean that one moment you have excellent visibility and the next you are enveloped in pea-soup thick fog, or wet or icy conditions. Check the highway weather forecast before you go and stay tuned to the latest info via radio.
- All mirrors
- All lights
- All systems synced: brakes and lights
- Horn works
- Radio works
- Hitches secure
- Tires in excellent shape, including spares
- Coolants and fluids full and have extras on hand-including wiper fluid
- Cloths for wiping away moisture and an ice scraper
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