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2015 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Avoiding Trouble

uuOff-Highway Driving GuidelinesuAvoiding Trouble  
Avoiding Trouble  
Check Out Your Vehicle before you leave the pavement and make sure that all  
scheduled maintenance has been completed. Pay special attention to the  
condition of the tires, and check the tire pressures.  
Remember the route you choose presents limits (too steep or bumpy), you have  
limits (driving skill and comfort), and your vehicle has limits (traction, stability, and  
power). Failing to recognize these limits will likely put you and your passengers in  
a hazardous situation.  
Accelerating and Braking should be done slowly and gradually. Trying to start  
or stop too fast can cause a loss of traction and you could lose control.  
Avoiding Obstacles and Debris in the road reduces the likelihood of a rollover  
or damage to your suspension or other components.  
Driving on Slopes increases your risk of a rollover, particularly if you attempt to  
drive across a slope that is too steep. Going straight or down a slope is usually the  
safest. If you can’t clearly see all conditions or obstacles on a slope, walk it before  
you drive it. If there is any doubt whether you can safely pass, don’t try it. Find  
another route. If you get stuck when climbing, do not try to turn around. Back  
down slowly following the same route you took up the hill.  
Crossing a Stream - Avoid driving through deep water. If you encounter water  
in your route (a small stream or large puddle, for example), evaluate it carefully  
before going ahead. Make sure it is shallow, flowing slowly, and has firm ground  
underneath. If you are not sure of the depth or the ground, turn around and find  
another route. Driving through deep water can also damage your vehicle. The  
water can get into the transmission and differential, diluting the lubricant and  
causing an eventual failure. It can also wash the grease out of the wheel bearings.  
If You Get Stuck, carefully go in the direction that you think will get you  
unstuck. Do not spin the tires as this will only make things worse and could  
damage the transmission. If you are unable to free yourself, your vehicle will need  
to be towed. Front and rear tow hooks are provided for this purpose.