Driving on Hills
When driving up or down a hill:
- Check out the terrain before you begin to go up or down.
- If you cannot see over the top of the hill, get out of your vehicle and go look.
- If you think the hill might be too steep, do not attempt it.
- Test the traction on the hill before you begin.
- Stay on a path that keeps the UTV/4x4 as parallel to the fall line as possible. This will keep the vehicle balanced and the traction on the front and rear wheels equal.
- Follow the smoothest path up the hill to maintain traction and keep the wheels straight.
- First try to climb the hill at a slow pace. If this fails:
- Stop the vehicle using the brakes and without depressing the clutch.
- Back down the hill, using as little foot braking as possible and preferably none at all.
- Try again with more momentum. As you reach the top, ease off the gas to avoid losing control as you go over.
- Go down the hill in low/first gear.
- Use engine braking instead of the foot brakes to control the speed.
- If the rear wheels start to slide, apply the throttle slightly to make the wheels go faster and regain their grip.
- Do not shift gears until you are away from the hill.