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Kia Sportage: Good braking practices

Kia Sportage - Fifth generation (NQ5) - (2022-2023) - Owner's Manual / Driving your vehicle / 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 away.
  • 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 safe speed.

  • 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 place.
  • 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 brake.

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