Originally Posted by Karter
We will be driving our Solera for the first time in the mountains and need some advice. Can anyone instruct me on the proper way to drive up and down, speed, etc?
Mountain driving typically requires more attention and planning than flat driving. Going up generally isn't a problem, but going down steep and twisty grades is much more difficult in a larger vehicle.
I probably can't recite all the appropriate advice, but here are some ideas:
- People generally say that you shouldn't go down a hill any faster than you can go up it.
- Make use of engine braking (the sprinter will downshift if you push the shift lever to the left) so you can save your service brakes.
- Plan ahead - slow down before you start down.
- Pick a speed that you're comfortable at and then use your brakes sparingly - if you're comfortable at 35, maybe brake to, say, 32, then release the brake and let the vehicle pick up a little speed while allowing the engine to hold it back.
As I said, there's likely lots of other suggestions, but these should give you a place to start.