How to Navigate Mountain Roads Safely

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Driving through the mountains requires a different set of rules than a normal flat road does. Niagara Falls natives may not be familiar with how difficult it can be to drive through steep, winding roads under even the best of conditions. Pay attention to these simple tips to make your trip just a little bit safer.

Travel During the Day

If at all possible avoid driving through mountain roads at night, especially if you’re new to the terrain. In addition to the fact that it’s more difficult to spot the turns and hazards on the road, you have additional obstacles like wild life darting across the road while you drive. You also tend to get sleepier when driving at night, both because of the time of day and the absence of light requiring that you squint a little harder as you drive.

Carry Maps and a Radio

There are several portions of mountain terrain that don’t have cell phone signal, making it difficult to rely on your phone’s GPS or signal strength if you should happen to need roadside assistance of some sort. Keeping old fashioned maps tucked into the side of your car just in case is always a good plan, along with a battery operated hand radio so you can call in for help if you’re in a bad spot.

Keep an Eye On Your Odometer

It’s easy to pick up speed when you’re driving through the mountains without realizing it. Signs posted on the roads will indicate when you’re about to go on a decline, and it’s during these times especially that you should keep an eye on your odometer. Slow down as much as possible so you can safely take the twists and turns of the mountain roads without picking up too much speed.