Kia Sportage: Driving at night/ Driving in the rain
Driving at night
Because night driving presents more
hazards than driving in the daylight,
here are some important tips to remember:
- Slow down and keep more distance
between you and other vehicles, as it
may be more difficult to see at night,
especially in areas where there may
not be any street lights.
- Adjust your mirrors to reduce the
glare from other driver's headlamps.
- Keep your headlamps clean and properly
aimed. (On vehicles not equipped
with the automatic headlamp aiming
feature.) Dirty or improperly aimed
headlamps will make it much more
difficult to see at night.
- Avoid staring directly at the headlamps
of oncoming vehicles. You
could be temporarily blinded, and it
will take several seconds for your eyes
to readjust to the darkness.
Driving in the rain
Rain and wet roads can make driving
dangerous, especially if you're not prepared
for the slick pavement.
Here are a few things to consider when
driving in the rain:
- A heavy rainfall will make it harder to
see and will increase the distance
needed to stop your vehicle, so slow
- Keep your windshield wiping equipment
in good shape. Replace your
windshield wiper blades when they
show signs of streaking or missing
areas on the windshield.
- If your tires are not in good condition,
making a quick stop on wet pavement
can cause a skid and possibly lead to
an accident. Be sure your tires are in
- Turn on your headlamps to make it
easier for others to see you.
- Driving too fast through large puddles
can affect your brakes. If you must go
through puddles, try to drive through
- If you believe you may have gotten
your brakes wet, apply them lightly
while driving until normal braking
If the road is wet enough and you are
going fast enough, your vehicle may
have little or no contact with the road
surface and actually ride on the water.
The best advice is SLOW DOWN when
the road is wet.
The risk of hydroplaning increases as
the depth of tire tread decreases,
refer to"Tires and wheels"
Adjust the tire inflation pressures to
specification. Low tire inflation pressures
will result in overheating and possible
failure of the tires.
Avoid using worn or damaged tires
which may result in reduced traction or
Never exceed the maximum tire inflation
pressure shown on the tires.
Under/over inflated tires
Always check the tires for proper inflation
before driving. Under inflated or
overinflated tires can cause poor handling,
loss of vehicle control, and sudden
tire failure, leading to accidents, injuries,
and even death. For proper tire pressures,
refer to "Tire specification and
Always check the tire tread before driving
your vehicle. Worn-out tires can
result in loss of vehicle control. Worn-out
tires should be replaced as soon as possible.
For further information and tread
limits, refer to "Tires and wheels"
Fuel, engine coolant and engine
High speed travel consumes more fuel
than urban motoring. Do not forget to
check both the engine coolant and
A loose or damaged drive belt may
result in overheating of the engine.
Severe weather conditions in the winter
result in greater wear and other problems.
To minimize the problems of winter driving,
you should follow these suggestions:
Snowy or icy conditions
To drive your vehicle in deep snow, it
may be necessar
Since the sidewalls of radial tires are
thinner, they can be damaged by
mounting some types of snow chains on
them. Therefore, the use of snow tires is
recommended instead of snow chains.
Do not mount tire chains
All Wheel Drive
The conditions of on-road or off-road
that demand All Wheel Drive mean all
functions of your vehicle are exposed to
extreme stress than under normal road
conditions. Slow down and be ready for
changes in the composition
The warning message, and an audible
warning will warn the driver that emergency
braking will be assisted. The
brake assist will be activated and it helps
avoiding collision of a vehicle.
Emergency Braking will be acti