Kia Sportage: Good driving practices
- Never move the shift lever f r om P
(Park) or N (Neutral) to any other
position with the accelerator pedal
- Never move the shift lever into P
(Park) when the vehicle is in motion.
- Be sure the vehicle is completely
stopped before you attempt to shift
into R (Reverse) or D (Drive).
- Never take the vehicle out of gear and
coast down a hill. This may be
extremely hazardous. Always leave
the vehicle in gear when moving.
- Do not "ride" the brakes. This can
cause t h em to overheat and malfunction.
Instead, when you are driving
down a long hill, slow down and shift
to a lower gear. When you do this,
engine braking will help slow down
- Slow down before shifting to a lower
gear. Otherwise, the lower gear may
not be engaged.
- Always use the parking brake. Do not
depend on placing the transmission in
P (Park) to keep the vehicle from
- Exercise extreme caution when driving
on a slippery surface. Be especially
careful when braking,
accelerating or shifting gears. On a
slippery surface, an abrupt change in
vehicle speed can cause the drive wheels to lose traction and the vehicle
to go out of control.
- Optimum vehicle performance and
economy is obtained by smoothly
depressing and releasing the accelerator
- When driving uphill or downhill,
always shift to D (Drive) for driving
forward or shift to R (Reverse) for
driving backwards, and check the
gear position indicated on the cluster
before driving. Driving in the opposite
direction of the selected gear can lead
to a dangerous situation by shutting
off the engine and affecting the braking
- Always buckle-up! In a collision, an
unbelted occupant is significantly
more likely to be seriously injured or
killed than a properly belted occupant.
- Avoid high speeds when cornering or
- Do not make quick steering wheel
movements, such as sharp lane
changes or fast, sharp turns.
- The risk of a rollover is greatly
increased if you lose control of your
vehicle at highway speeds.
- Losing control often occurs if two or
more wheels drop off the roadway
and the driver oversteers to reenter
- In the event your vehicle leaves the
roadway, do not steer sharply.
Instead, slow down before pulling
back into the travel lanes.
- Never exceed posted speed limits.
If your vehicle becomes stuck in snow,
mud, sand, etc., then you may attempt
to rock the vehicle free by moving it forward
and backward. Do not attempt this
procedure if people or objects are anywhere
near the vehicle. During the rocking
operation the vehicle may suddenly
move forward or backward as it
becomes unstuck, causing injury or
damage to nearby people or objects.
Moving up a steep grade from a
To move up a steep grade f r om a standing
The All Wheel Drive (AWD) system delivers
engine power to front and rear
wheels for maximum traction.
AWD is useful when extra traction is
required, such as when driving slippery,
muddy, wet, or snow-covered roads.
If the system determines
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
Cruise Control (CC) (if equipped)
Cruise Control will allow you to drive at
speeds above 20 mph (30 km/h) without
depressing the accelerator pedal.
Cruise Control operation
To set speed
Accelerate to th
When the windshield is covered with
frost or moisture, the front view is
blurred, you should remove the frost
Do not use the
during cooling operation in extremely
humid weather. The dif