Approaching the crest of a hill

Too many accidents occur because drivers are “surprised” at the top of an incline. Dangers such as a stalled car, an intersection or a child may await you.

Approaching an incline

As you approach an incline:

  • Expect conflict. Somebody is likely to be at the top of the hill.
  • Look for signs, markings and characteristics of the area which will tell you what to expect at the top of the hill.
  • As you get closer to the top, the contour of the road reduces your view. This means less distance to react... and stop.
  • As you proceed over the crest:
    • Release pressure on the gas pedal and be ready to brake
    • Move to the right
    • Leave an out.
  • Should you have to stop, check to the rear and immediately communicate your action to vehicles behind with brake lights and/or hand signals.

Top off the crest of every hill in the manner described above and avoid “surprises” that could result in an accident — one which is preventable by you.

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LC NOV 2018 11-389
171-1134 (10/14)