Lesson 10, Topic 1
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Downhill Gradients

Approaching a downhill gradient:

When approaching a downhill gradient, you should look well ahead for any signs warning of the steepness or instructing you to select a low gear. As with uphill you must anticipate the affect the hill will have on the performance of the car. Approach at the correct speed and in the correct gear to cope with it using the MSM routine.

When on the hill:

1. Braking will take longer.
2. You must brake earlier to slow or stop the car.
3. The engine will find it harder to hold your speed back. (Engine braking has less effect)
4. The car will speed up when the clutch is depressed to change gear (quick gear changes are required and you may need to control the speed with the brake).
5. Use a low gear to control the speed on a steep hill to protect the brakes from brake fade and overheating.

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