Lexus NX: Winter driving tips

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Carry out the necessary preparations and inspections before driving the vehicle in winter. Always drive the vehicle in a manner appropriate to the prevailing weather conditions.

Preparation for winter

Ensure that all tires are the same size and brand, and that chains match the size of the tires.

*: Tire chains cannot be mounted on the 225/60R18 tires.

WARNING

■Driving with snow tires Observe the following precautions to reduce the risk of accidents. Failure to do so may result in a loss of vehicle control and cause death or serious injury.

■Driving with tire chains Observe the following precautions to reduce the risk of accidents. Failure to do so may result in the vehicle being unable to be driven safely, and may cause death or serious injury.

NOTICE

■Repairing or replacing snow tires Request repairs or replacement of snow tires from Lexus dealers or legitimate tire retailers. This is because the removal and attachment of snow tires affects the operation of the tire pressure warning valves and transmitters.

Before driving the vehicle

Perform the following according to the driving conditions:

When driving the vehicle

Accelerate the vehicle slowly, keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead, and drive at a reduced speed suitable to road conditions.

When parking the vehicle

When the parking brake is in automatic mode, release the parking brake after shifting the shift lever to P.

*: The shift lever will be locked if it is attempted to be shifted from P to any other position without depressing the brake pedal. If the shift lever can be shifted from P, there may be a problem with the shift lock system. Have the vehicle inspected by your Lexus dealer immediately.

WARNING

■When parking the vehicle When parking the vehicle without applying the parking brake, make sure to chock the wheels. If you do not chock the wheels, the vehicle may move unexpectedly, possibly resulting in an accident.

Selecting tire chains

Use the correct tire chain size when mounting the tire chains. Chain size is regulated for each tire size.

Vehicles with 225/65R17 tires

Lexus NX. Winter driving tips

Side chain:

  1. 0.12 in. (3 mm) in diameter
  2. 0.39 in. (10 mm) in width
  3. 0.98 in. (25 mm) in length

Cross chain:

  1. 0.16 in. (4 mm) in diameter
  2. 0.55 in. (14 mm) in width
  3. 0.98 in. (25 mm) in length

Vehicles with 225/60R18 tires

Tire chains cannot be mounted on the 225/60R18 tires.

Snow tires should be used instead.

Regulations on the use of tire chains

Regulations regarding the use of tire chains vary depending on location and type of road. Always check local regulations before installing chains.

■Tire chain installation Observe the following precautions when installing and removing chains:

NOTICE

■Fitting tire chains The tire pressure warning valves and transmitters may not function correctly when tire chains are fitted.

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