Through renewed efforts to make mountain driving much safer for our millions of truckers and RV’ers, R&R Publishing Inc. has been collaborating and publishing information regarding mountain passes and steep grades since 1994. The well known Mountain Directory Ebooks free download give the exact locations and descriptions for over 600 mountain passes and steep grades across 22 states. The Mountain Directory ebooks free download inform you towards the location of the steep grades, how long which ones are, their gradient, whether the road is two lane, three lane, or four lane, the location of escape ramps, tight switchbacks, sharp corners, road speed limits, etc. Once armed with this information, every driver can know ahead of the journey what a mountain pass is like and it helps them make an informed decision about whether it is best to go over or around. If the decision is made to go over, it is recommended that the cool morning hours will help to ease the strain on the engine and transmission during the climb. Unhooking the towed vehicle definitely would make the hairy ascent and the descent easier and safer. Understanding the knowledge of what lies ahead creates half the battle.
The printed versions of the Mountain Directory books free download featured almost 230 pages of full glossy colour and text relief maps. All 230 pages are exactly the same as those in the downloadable versions of the Mountain Directory ebooks. Not a thing here is missing. In the printed versions, mountain pass locations had markers with a yellow triangle featured on the color relief maps. In the Mountain Directory PDF free download versions, you are able to click on the yellow triangles and a text box appears which describes in detail that location on the map.
There has been every effort has been made in ensuring the accuracy of the maps that are included in this book. However, it’s almost impossible to be able to include all necessary detail of a particular road on such small maps. It is our recommendation that these maps are used side by side with larger, more detailed road maps.
In most cases in the Mountain Directory books free download, the mountainous passes and hills are herein described as descents. In other words, a pass would be detailed from the summit down in one direction and then afterwards, from the summit down in the other direction. It is not the intention of this directory to include every steep grade. Actually, since we have an enormous area we have attempted to cover, it is absolutely likely that we have probably missed some of the steep grades. At times the percentages quoted within the Mountain Directory Books Free Download are estimates only and quite often they are based on road signs we have seen or information provided by highway departments, essentially third party sources. It is not the intention of the Mountain Directory PDF to attempt to rate passes or grades according to their difficulty level. Vehicles and equipment all come in an enormous variety. This is because a hill that is quite difficult for one vehicle could be no problem at all for another similar vehicle fitted with different equipment. Both driver judgement and driver experience is critical in the decision process towards which hills should be avoided and which should be attempted.
Our purpose behind Mountain Directory Books Free Download is not to discourage motivated drivers from driving where they please. It is just conditions that we wish to inform them of, and situations they may encounter, and of course to encourage them to ensure that their equipment is in good working order. It is absolutely critical that brakes are in good working order and properly adjusted to suit the vehicle weight at the time, and the engine and transmission should be used to slow the vehicle as a first priority whenever possible, thus saving the brakes and keeping them from getting too hot so they actually retain their power to stop. The engine’s cooling system must be in good repair as a means to prevent overheating whilst in the climbing stage. Turning off the air conditioner certainly makes a solid difference during climbs, and if required, having the heater on will help a little to cool the engine.