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Driving Techniques

DESCENDING STEEP SLOPES

TRAVERSING A SLOPE

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WARNING

Failure to follow these instructions may cause the vehicle to roll over.

  • Stop the vehicle at least a vehicle length before the start of the slope and apply the parking brake. Engage first gear (‘1’) LOW range and hill descent control.

  • Unless it is necessary to stop the vehicle in order to negotiate obstructions, DO NOT touch the brake during the descent - the engine and HDC will limit the speed, keeping the vehicle under control provided the front wheels are rotating. If the vehicle begins to slide, the limits of adhesion have been reached, and it may be impossible to maintain the minimum speed relative to the gear selected. In this case, HDC may automatically accelerate the vehicle sufficient to maintain directional stability. DO NOT use the accelerator or the brakes or attempt to change gear. HDC will automatically slow the vehicle down again as soon as possible.

  • Once level ground is reached, select a suitable gear for the next stage of your journey.

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WARNING

Failure to follow these instructions may cause the vehicle to roll over.

Before crossing a slope ALWAYS observe the following precautions:

  • Check that the ground is firm and not slippery.

  • Check that the wheels on the downhill side of the vehicle are not likely to drop into depressions in the ground and that the ‘uphill’ wheels will not run over rocks, tree roots, or similar obstacles that could suddenly increase the angle of tilt.

  • Ensure that passenger weight is evenly distributed, that all roof rack luggage is removed and that all other luggage is properly secured and stowed as low as possible. Always remember, any sudden movement of the load could cause the vehicle to overturn.

  • Where possible, rear seat passengers should sit on the uphill side of the vehicle or, in extreme conditions, should vacate the vehicle until the sloping ground has been safely negotiated.

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