Kia Optima: Special driving conditions / Driving in flooded areas, Driving off-road

Kia Optima DL3 2019-2021 Owner's Manual / Driving your vehicle / Special driving conditions / Driving in flooded areas, Driving off-road

Driving in flooded areas

Avoid driving through flooded areas unless you are sure the water is no higher than the bottom of the wheel hub. Drive through any water slowly. Allow adequate stopping distance because brake performance may be affected.

After driving through water, dry the brakes by gently applying them several times while the vehicle is moving slowly.

Driving off-road

Drive carefully off-road because your vehicle may be damaged by rocks or roots of trees. Become familiar with the off-road conditions where you are going to drive before you begin driving.

Driving in the rain
Rain and wet roads can make driving dangerous, especially if you’re not prepared for the slick pavement. Here are a few things to consider when driving in the rain: A heavy rainfall will mak ...

Highway driving
Tires Adjust the tire inflation pressures to specification. Low tire inflation pressures will result in overheating and possible failure of the tires. Avoid using worn or damaged tires which may r ...

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Kia Optima DL3 2019-2021 Owner's Manual: Rocking the vehicle


If it is necessary to rock the vehicle to free it from snow, sand, or mud, first turn the steering wheel right and left to clear the area around your front wheels. Then, shift back and forth between R (Reverse) and any forward gear in vehicles equipped with an Automatic transmission. Do not ra ...

Kia Optima DL3 2019-2021 Service and Repair Manual: Inhibitor Switch


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