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2019 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Before Driving

Before Driving  
Driving Preparation  
Check the following items before you start driving.  
1Exterior Checks  
NOTICE  
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.  
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.  
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 bonnet is securely closed.  
Heat from the engine and exhaust can ignite  
u If the bonnet opens while driving, your front view will be blocked.  
Make sure the tyres are in good condition.  
u Check air pressures, check for damage and excessive wear.  
2 Checking and Maintaining Tyres P. 707  
flammable materials left under the bonnet, 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 bonnet 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.  
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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 luggage area or tow a trailer, have  
the aiming readjusted at a dealer or by a qualified  
technician.  
Store or secure all items on board properly.  
u Carrying too much luggage, or improperly storing it, can affect your vehicle’s  
handling, stability, stopping distance, and tyres, and make it unsafe.  
2 Load Limit P. 503  
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  
braking.  
Do not place anything in the front seat footwells. Make sure to secure the floor  
mat*.  
Your vehicle is equipped with the automatic  
headlight adjusting system that automatically adjusts  
the vertical angle of the low beam headlights.  
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 all doors and the tailgate.  
Adjust your seating position properly.  
u Adjust the head restraint, too.  
2 Adjusting the Seats P. 249  
2 Adjusting the Front Head Restraints P. 262  
Adjust the mirrors and steering wheel properly for your driving.  
u Adjust them while sitting in the proper driving position.  
2 Adjusting the Mirrors P. 245  
2 Adjusting the Steering Wheel P. 244  
* Not available on all models  
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uuBefore DrivinguDriving Preparation  
Be sure items placed on the floor behind the front seats cannot roll under the  
seats.  
u They can interfere with the driver’s ability to operate the pedals, or the  
operation of the seats.  
Everyone in the vehicle must fasten their seat belt.  
2 Fastening a Seat Belt P. 49  
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. 98  
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uuBefore DrivinguLoad Limit  
Load Limit  
When you load luggage, the total weight of the vehicle, all passengers, and luggage  
must not exceed the maximum permissible weight.  
2 Specifications P. 770  
1Load Limit  
3WARNING  
Overloading or improper loading can affect  
handling and stability and cause a crash in  
which you can be hurt or killed.  
The load for the front and rear axles also must not exceed the maximum permissible  
axle weight.  
2 Specifications P. 770  
Follow all load limits and other loading  
guidelines in this manual.  
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