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2023 Honda CR-V Owner's Manual ➜ Off-Highway Driving Guidelines

Off-Highway Driving Guidelines  
General Information  
Your vehicle has been designed primarily for use on pavement, however, its higher  
ground clearance allows you to occasionally travel on unpaved roads. It is not  
designed for trail-blazing, or other challenging off-highway activities.  
3WARNING  
Improperly operating this vehicle on or off-  
pavement can cause a crash or rollover in  
which you and your passengers could be  
seriously injured or killed.  
If you decide to drive on unpaved roads, you will find that it requires somewhat  
different driving skills and that your vehicle will handle somewhat differently than it  
does on pavement. Pay attention to the precautions and tips in this section, and get  
acquainted with your vehicle before leaving the pavement.  
Follow all instructions and guidelines in  
this owner’s manual.  
Keep your speed low, and don’t drive  
faster than conditions permit.  
Important Safety Precautions  
To avoid loss of control or rollover, be sure to follow all precautions and  
recommendations:  
Be sure to store cargo properly and do not exceed your cargo load limits.  
2 Maximum Load Limit P. 445  
Failure to operate your vehicle correctly might result  
in a crash or a rollover.  
2 Important Handling Information P. 46  
2 Precautions While Driving P. 462  
Whenever you drive, make sure you and your passengers always wear seat belts.  
Keep your speed low, and never go faster than the conditions allow.  
It’s up to you to continually assess the situation and drive within the limits.  
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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 up 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. When  
driving in water that reaches around half of the wheel height, 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.  
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