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Driving at Salt Range

The Salt Range is a hilly section of the M2 motorway which extends from the Jhelum River to the Indus, across the northern portion of the Punjab province. It is considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in the country as it puts an unusual amount of stress on both the vehicle and its driver and as a result is a hot spot for serious traffic accidents.

Below are some essential instructions to keep you and others safe while driving in this are

Driving at Salt Range

The speed limit is 50 km/h. The speed limit is set to 50 km/h for a reason. This can be an extreamly dangerous stretch of road so drive slowly. It is better to get to your destination late than not get there at all.
Before travelling in the Salt Range make sure your vehicle is in good working condition, check the brakes and the tyres.
The high temperatures of the region added to the constant climbing and descending of hills can play havoc with your vehicle causing your engine to overheat and your brakes to fail. Ensure the coolant levels are correct before starting your journey.
If your brakes do fail, don't panic. The Salt Range has a number of inclined ramp areas designed to slow your vehicle to a stop, just put your vehicle in a lower gear to use your engine to limit the speed and wait until you reach the nearest ramp area.
To lower the chances of the terrain causing you to have vehicle problems do not accelerate or brake excessively. While climbing the hills, just apply enough accelerator to maintain your speed and when descending, drop your vehicle into a lower gear to let the engine brake for you.
There are a number of steeply banked curves on this stretch of road so it is essential that you keep a greater than normal distance between the you and the vehicle in front
When driving at night or in rain where your visibility is reduced, reduce your speed to a sensible level and increase the distance between you and vehicle in front to at least 50 meters (165 feet).
The temperatures in this region can reach over 40°C in summer which can increase the risk of you developing brakes and engine problems. If possible try to avoid driving through this area during the warmest part of the day and plan to reach this area either early morning or late evening when it is cooler.
Most of all, be aware. Be aware of whats in front, be aware of whats behind. Limit any distractions by turning off your stereo and pausing any conversations. If you are driving with children make sure they are securely fastened into their seat and not causing you a distraction. Any driving mistake in this area could be disasterous to either your family or someone elses.
By remaining focussed and treating the road with respect, your trip through the visually spectacular Salt Range will be a safe and happy one.

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