If you plan on traveling in an executive bus with CoachWest, prepare to experience all the positives of leisure, comfort, and safe travel in one. Executives buses benefit travelers both in size and durability. They are capable of steering on various turfs and terrains while still supplying long-lasting comfort for riders. While executive coaches are well-equipped to navigate obstacles and flatlands, it is vital always to take precautions traveling through mountainous areas. Today’s blog will demonstrate how to drive a bus in mountainous terrain to guarantee passengers reach their destinations safely and comfortably.
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Create an Executive Bus Checklist
Unlike an average four-door vehicle, an executive coach comes with many moving parts working in combination. For rocky surfaces, a functional operating system is essential to a safe and smooth drive on mountainous roads. Inspecting your bus system and ensuring each component is at max efficiency is the first place to start before commencing your journey.
Some standard inspections include:
- Car Fluid
- Tire Pressure
- Physical State of the Vehicle
- Temperature Gauge
- Air Filter Systems (allows better motor control and minimal gas consumption)
Brakes are a critical part of driving through steep mountainous terrain. Pressing down on brakes too quickly can put pressure on your tire system, which will make them less sustainable or cause the brakes to overheat. Use the tap method on the pedal to keep them cool and functional. At CoachWest, we inspect our brake systems before every trip for secured safety.
It’s All About Weight Utilization
CoachWest Executive buses are large motorized vehicles designed to hold at least 30 people or more. Their sizes range from 40-45 feet long, 10-12 feet tall, and 8 feet wide, with a GVWR (gross vehicular weight rating) ranging from 26,000 to 35,000 pounds. With fleets, this massive, driving an executive bus sounds like a formidable task.
Weight is not only an intimidating variable driving in mountainous terrain; it is also an ally. Excessive braking is typical when driving downhill. Drivers use their brakes to counteract the accelerated speed and momentum built up from going downhill, leading to overheating and brake failure over time. Instead of braking, shifting to a lower gear and using gravity to coast downward slowly is a proper technique for an easy mountain descent.
Assess Route and Vehicle Efficiency
Not every vehicle is designated to drive in mountainous terrain. In varying states, there are vehicles and tires specifically designed to combat snow, hail, rain, etc. Are you going through more rocky or smooth roads? Be sure to assess driving difficulty levels based on the time of day.
CoachWest recommends vehicles meant for high altitude or steep road driving like our ECoach F550 Passenger Bus, equipped with the finest materials optimized for safety, like our retractable seat belts, stainless steel wheel simulators, driveshaft guards, and emergency egress windows. Enjoy traveling in luxury with the finest materials and finishes.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Take your time. Driving in a luxurious coach bus means you have somewhere to be, so maintaining safety means navigating the roads properly, tapping the break when needed, and aiming to provide a comfortable experience.
Book Your Next Luxurious Event With Coaches
CoachWest offers executive bus and car rentals suitable for your event or group outing. We guide you through options and features ideal for style and purpose. Are you looking to ride in comfort or treat a group of executives to an aesthetically pleasing time? Join the CoachWest family and our community of positive reviews and return customers. Contact us online or call (310) 609-2900 to book your next sprinter van, executive bus, or funeral car.