Kia Sportage: Good braking practices
Good braking practices help keep occupants
safe and extend brake life.
- Check to be sure the parking brake is
not engaged and the parking brake
indicator light is out before driving
- Driving through water may get the
brakes wet. They can also get wet
when the vehicle is washed. Wet
brakes can be dangerous! Your vehicle
will not stop as quickly if the
brakes are wet. Wet brakes may
cause the vehicle to pull to one side.
To dry the brakes, apply the brakes
lightly until the braking action returns
to normal, taking care to keep the
vehicle under control at all times. If
the braking action does not return to
normal, stop as soon as it is safe to do
so and visit an authorized Kia dealer.
- Don't coast down hills with the vehicle
out of gear. This is extremely hazardous.
Keep the vehicle in gear at all
times, use the brakes to slow down,
then shift to a lower gear so that vehicle
braking will help you maintain a
- Don't "ride" the brake pedal. Resting
your foot on the brake pedal while
driving can be dangerous because the
brakes might overheat and lose their
effectiveness. It also increases the
wear of the brake components.
- If a tire goes flat while you are driving,
apply the brakes gently and keep the
vehicle pointed straight ahead while
you slow down. When you are moving
slowly enough for it to be safe to do
so, pull off the road and stop in a safe
- Be cautious when parking on a hill.
Firmly engage the parking brake and
place the shift lever in P. If your vehicle
is facing downhill, turn the front
wheels into the curb to help keep the
vehicle from rolling.
If your vehicle is facing uphill, turn the
front wheels away from the curb to
help keep the vehicle from rolling. If
there is no curb or if it is required by
other conditions to keep the vehicle
from rolling, block the wheels.
- Under some conditions your parking
brake can freeze in the engaged position.
This is most likely to happen
when there is an accumulation of
snow or ice around or near the rear
brakes or if the brakes are wet. If
there is a risk that the parking brake
may freeze, apply it only temporarily
while you put the shift lever in P
(Parking) and block the rear wheels so
the vehicle cannot roll. Then release
the parking brake.
- Do not hold the vehicle on an incline
with the accelerator pedal. This can
cause the transmission to overheat.
Always use the brake pedal or parking
If your vehicle is parked and the engine
is left on for a long period of time, the
engine will turn off automatically to help
reduce fuel consumption and prevent
accidents caused by carbon dioxide poisoning.
Idle Stop and Go (ISG) system
The Idle Stop and Go (ISG) system
reduces fuel consumption by automatically
shutting down the engine when the
vehicle is at a standstill. (For example:
red light and traffic jam)
The engine starts automatically as
Front driveshaft (LH)
Front driveshaft (RH)
Ð’J boot band
Dynamic damper band
With a smart key, you can lock or unlock
a door and even start the engine without
inserting the key.
All doors are locked if the lock button is
pressed. If all doors are closed, the hazard
warning lights will blink