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How to prepare for uphill driving
12 November 2015

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As any seasoned Sheffielder will know, uphill routes aren't always the easiest to manouvre - especially when winter kicks in and the ice starts to show.

How to tackle Sheffields hills

But that doesn't mean you have to avoid them altogether, as any hill can be navigated as long as you approach it prepared and willing to drive safely. Here's a few tips on how to tackle the mini mountains of South Yorkshire.

1. Drive in the light

If any road is difficult to make your way around, then it's common sense to tackle it when your visibility is best -during the daytime. The same rule applies to hills.

Whether driving in the morning or after work, time your journeys so that there is still daylight when you reach any unnerving ascents. No matter how powerful your headlights may be, they can only illuminate so much of what's ahead - the sun shows far more.

2. Fuel up

Because the weight of gravity is pulling you back, climbing hills inevitably takes up more fuel than driving on the flat road.

In an ideal world, hills are best avoided whenever the fuel gauge is nearing zero. But sometimes the hilly route is the only viable one available and you need to take it.

As such, make sure if you're going to encounter hills on your journey that you know where they are and that you stop to refuel long in advance if needs be. Don't leave it until you're halfway up to find out your tank is empty.

3. Maintain momentum

When travelling in challenging conditions - whether it's rain, snow or icy tarmac - the instinct is often to drop in to a lower gear.

The problem with this is that, on wet or icy surfaces, wheels start spinning even more. In such situations, you'd be better off moving into a higher gear and keeping things steady.