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2015 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Before Driving

Before Driving  
Driving Preparation  
Check the following items before you start driving.  
1Exterior Checks  
Exterior Checks  
Make sure there are no obstructions on the windows, door mirrors, exterior  
lights, or other parts of the vehicle.  
u Remove any frost, snow, or ice.  
u Remove any snow on the roof, as this can slip down and obstruct your field of  
vision while driving. If frozen solid, remove ice once it has softened.  
u When removing ice from around the wheels, be sure not to damage the wheel  
or wheel components.  
When doors are frozen shut, use warm water around  
the door edges to melt any ice. Do not try to force  
them open, as this can damage the rubber trim  
around the doors. When done, wipe dry to avoid  
further freezing.  
Do not pour warm water into the key cylinder.  
You will be unable to insert the key if the water  
freezes in the hole.  
Make sure the hood is securely closed.  
u If the hood opens while driving, your front view will be blocked.  
Make sure the tires are in good condition.  
u Check air pressures, and check for damage and excessive wear.  
2 Checking and Maintaining Tires P. 465  
Heat from the engine and exhaust can ignite  
flammable materials left under the hood, causing a  
fire. If you've parked your vehicle for an extended  
period, inspect and remove any debris that may have  
collected, such as dried grass and leaves that have  
fallen or have been carried in for use as a nest by a  
small animal. Also check under the hood for leftover  
flammable materials after you or someone else has  
performed maintenance on your vehicle.  
Make sure there are no people or objects behind or around the vehicle.  
u There are blind spots from the inside.  
uuBefore DrivinguDriving Preparation  
1Interior Checks  
Interior Checks  
The headlight aim is set by the factory, and does not  
need to be adjusted. However, if you regularly carry  
heavy items in the cargo area or tow a trailer, have  
the aiming readjusted at a dealer or by a qualified  
Store or secure all items on board properly.  
u Carrying too much cargo, or improperly storing it, can affect your vehicle's  
handling, stability, stopping distance, and tires, and make it unsafe.  
2 Maximum Load Limit P. 351  
Do not pile items higher than the seat height.  
u They can block your view and may be thrown forward in the event of sudden  
Do not place anything in the front seat footwells. Make sure to secure the floor  
u An object or unsecured floor mat can interfere with your brake and accelerator  
pedal operation while driving.  
If you have any animals on board, do not let them move around in the vehicle.  
u They may interfere with driving and a crash could occur.  
Securely close and lock all doors and the tailgate.  
2 Locking/Unlocking the Doors from the Inside P. 137  
Adjust your seating position properly.  
u Adjust the head restraint, too.  
2 Adjusting the Seats P. 175  
2 Adjusting the Head Restraints P. 178  
Adjust the mirrors and steering wheel properly for your driving.  
u Adjust them while sitting in the proper driving position.  
2 Adjusting the Steering Wheel P. 172  
2 Adjusting the Mirrors P. 173  
uuBefore DrivinguDriving Preparation  
Be sure items placed on the floor behind the front seats cannot roll under the  
u They can interfere with the driver's ability to operate the pedals, the operation  
of the seats, or the operation of the sensors under the seats.  
Everyone in the vehicle must fasten their seat belt.  
2 Fastening a Seat Belt P. 36  
Make sure that the indicators in the instrument panel come on when you start the  
vehicle, and go off soon after.  
u Always have a dealer check the vehicle if a problem is indicated.  
2 Indicators P. 70  
uuBefore DrivinguMaximum Load Limit  
Maximum Load Limit  
1Maximum Load Limit  
The maximum load for your vehicle is 850 lbs (385 kg).  
See Tire and Loading Information label attached to the driver's doorjamb.  
Overloading or improper loading  
can affect handling and stability  
and cause a crash in which you  
can be hurt or killed.  
Label Example  
Follow all load limits and other  
loading guidelines in this manual.  
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR):  
The maximum allowable weight of the vehicle, all  
occupants, all accessories, all cargo, and the tongue  
This figure includes the total weight of all occupants, cargo, and  
accessories, and the tongue load if you are towing a trailer.  
Steps for Determining Correct Load Limit -  
2 Specifications P. 510  
(1)Locate the statement “The combined weight of occupants and  
cargo should never exceed XXX kg or XXX lbs.” on your  
vehicle’s placard.  
Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR):  
The maximum allowable weight of the vehicle axle.  
2 Specifications P. 510  
(2)Determine the combined weight of the driver and passengers  
that will be riding in your vehicle.  
(3)Subtract the combined weight of the driver and passengers  
from XXX kg or XXX lbs.  
(4)The resulting figure equals the available amount of cargo and  
luggage load capacity. For example, if the “XXX” amount  
equals 1,400 lbs. and there will be five 150 lb. passengers in  
your vehicle, the amount of available cargo and luggage load  
capacity is 650 lbs.  
(1,400 - 750 (5 x 150) = 650 lbs.)  
uuBefore DrivinguMaximum Load Limit  
(5)Determine the combined weight of luggage and cargo being  
loaded on the vehicle. That weight may not safely exceed the  
available cargo and luggage load capacity calculated in step 4.  
(6)If your vehicle will be towing a trailer, load from your trailer will  
be transferred to your vehicle. Consult this manual to  
determine how this reduces the available cargo and luggage  
load capacity of your vehicle.  
In addition, the total weight of the vehicle, all occupants,  
accessories, cargo, and trailer tongue load must not exceed the  
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or the Gross Axle Weight  
Rating (GAWR). Both are on a label on the driver’s doorjamb.  
Load Limits Example  
Max Load  
850 lbs  
(385 kg)  
Passenger Weight  
150 lbs x 2 = 300 lbs  
(68 kg x 2 = 136 kg)  
Cargo Weight  
550 lbs  
(249 kg)  
Max Load  
850 lbs  
(385 kg)  
Passenger Weight  
150 lbs x 5 = 750 lbs  
(68 kg x 5 = 340 kg)  
Cargo Weight  
100 lbs  
(45 kg)