Manual: 2009-2012

Page: 9

In the driver's seat…

  • Check operation of the horn.
  • Position seat for easy reach of foot pedals and controls.
    To reduce the possibility of injury from the airbag deployment, you should always sit back as far from the steering wheel as is practical, while still maintaining full vehicle control.
  • Adjust the inside and outside rear view mirrors.
  • Buckle your safety belts.
  • Check operation of the foot and parking brake.
  • Check all warning and indicator lights with ignition on and engine not running.
  • Start engine and check all warning displays for warning symbols.
  • Never leave an idling car unattended.
  • Lock doors from inside, especially with children in the car to prevent inadvertent opening of doors from inside or outside.
    Drive with doors locked.

On the road …

  • Never drive after you have consumed alcohol or drugs.
  • Always have your safety belt fastened.
  • Always drive defensively.
    Expect the unexpected.
  • Use signals to indicate turns and lane changes.
  • Turn on headlights at dusk or when the driving conditions warrant it.
  • Always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, depending on traffic, road and weather conditions.
  • Reduce speed at night and during inclement weather.
    Driving in wet weather requires caution and reduced speeds, particularly on roads with standing water, as the handling characteristics of the vehicle may be impaired due to hydroplaning of the tires.
  • Always observe speed limits and obey road signs and traffic laws.
  • When tired, get well off the road, stop and take a rest. Turn the engine off. Do not sit in the vehicle with engine idling.
    Please see the chapter "ENGINE EXHAUST" on page 5.
  • When parked, always set the parking brake. Move the PDK selector lever to "P" or the gearshift lever to reverse or first gear.
    On hills also turn the front wheels toward the curb.
  • When emergency repairs become necessary, move the vehicle well off the road. Turn on the emergency flasher and use other warning devices to alert other motorists. Do not park or operate the vehicle in areas where the hot exhaust system may come in contact with dry grass, brush, fuel spill or other flammable material.
  • Make it a habit to have the engine oil checked with every refueling.