PHUKET: I operated very large trucks, buses, cranes and earth-moving vehicles for more years than I care to remember, in various countries including Austria – whose mountain passes make “monster” Patong Hill look like a pimple on an elephant – and Australia, in giant mines in the northwest.

The cardinal rule for going downhill is: Let your engine help retard your speed. That means shift down through the gears before it’s too late.

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