Conquering climbs safely: heed the lessons from recent Genting Highlands accidents

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The recent spate of accidents on the Genting Highlands route has cast a spotlight on the importance of safe uphill driving. While these scenic routes offer breathtaking views, they also demand a focused and cautious approach from drivers.

Maintaining Momentum:

  • Gaining Ground:  Build up some speed before reaching the incline. This extra momentum helps your vehicle maintain power as you ascend. Remember to stay within the speed limit.

  • Steady Acceleration:  Avoid slamming on the gas pedal. Uphill climbs require a gradual increase in pressure to maintain speed without straining the engine.

Gear Up for the Challenge:

  • Manual Transmission:  Shifting to a lower gear (1st or 2nd) provides better engine control and power, especially on steeper inclines.

  • Automatic Transmission:  Some automatics have a "low gear" selection (L or S) for increased power during uphill climbs. Consult your owner's manual for specific functionalities.

Mastering the Hill Start:

  • Hill Start Assist (HSA):  Many modern cars are equipped with HSA, which automatically prevents rolling back when starting on a hill. Familiarize yourself with this feature if your car has it.

  • Handbrake Magic (For Manual Transmission): Engage the handbrake while stopped on the incline. Coordinate smoothly between releasing the handbrake and pressing the gas pedal to move forward.

General Safe Driving Practices:

  • Distance Makes Perfect: Maintain a safe following distance from the car ahead. This is especially crucial uphill, as stopping power is reduced.

  • Sharing the Road: Be mindful of slower vehicles and avoid overtaking on blind corners or undivided roads.

  • Mind the Bends:  Uphill roads often have bends with limited visibility. Slow down and negotiate them cautiously.

  • Weather Matters:  Adjust your speed and driving style based on weather conditions. Rain, fog, or low visibility demand extra caution.

Lights On, Safety On:

  • Daytime Running Lights (DRLs): Ensure your DRLs are on for better visibility, especially during low-light conditions.

  • Headlights at Dawn/Dusk:  Turn on your headlights during dawn, dusk, or in low-visibility situations.

By following these tips and adopting a cautious approach, you can significantly elevate your uphill driving safety. Remember, the scenic beauty of Genting Highlands should be savored, not rushed.  Prioritize safety and arrive at your destination relaxed and ready to explore!

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