Kia Soul: Reducing the risk of a rollover - Special driving conditions - Driving your vehicle - Kia Soul 2009-2013 AM Owner ManualKia Soul: Reducing the risk of a rollover

First generation AM (2010Ц2013) / Kia Soul 2009-2013 AM Owner Manual / Driving your vehicle / Special driving conditions / Reducing the risk of a rollover

This multi-purpose passenger vehicle is defined as a Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV). CUVТs have higher ground clearance and a narrower track to make them capable of performing in a wide variety of road applications. Specific design characteristics give them a higher center of gravity than ordinary vehicles. An advantage of the higher ground clearance is a better view of the road, which allows you to anticipate problems. They are not designed for cornering at the same speeds as conventional passenger vehicles. Due to this risk, driver and passengers are strongly recommended to buckle their seat belts. In a rollover crash, an unbelted person is more likely to die than a person wearing a seat belt. There are steps that a driver can make to reduce the risk of a rollover. If at all possible, avoid sharp turns or abrupt maneuvers, do not load your roof rack with heavy cargo, and never modify your vehicle in any way.

WARNING - Rollover

Reduce speed when you turn corners. The center of gravity of Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUV) is higher than that of conventional vehicles, making them more likely to roll over when you turn corners too fast.

WARNING - Tire and wheel

Do not use a size and type of tire and wheel that is different from the one that is originally installed on your vehicle. It can affect the safety and performance of your vehicle, which could lead to steering failure or rollover and serious injury. When replacing the tires, be sure to equip all four tires with the tire and wheel of the same size, type, tread, brand and load-carrying capacity.

    Hazardous driving conditions
    When hazardous driving conditions are encountered such as water, snow, ice, mud, sand, or similar hazards, follow these suggestions: Drive cautiously and allow extra distance for braking. Avoi ...

    Rocking the vehicle
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