Check air intake slots and area between engine compartment lid and windshield.
Ensure that these areas are free of snow and ice, so the heater and the windshield wipers work properly.
If a child will be riding in the vehicle, check child seat/child seat restraint system to ensure that restraints are properly adjusted.
Check all exterior and interior lights for operation and that the lenses are clean.
Check the headlights for proper aim, and if necessary, have them adjusted.
Check under the vehicle for leaks.
Be sure all luggage is stowed securely.
It is good practice to carry emergency equipment in your vehicle.
Some of the items you should have are: window scraper, snow brush, container or bag of sand or salt, emergency light, small shovel, first-aid kit, etc.
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 headrest so that the upper edge of the headrest is brought to eye level or higher.
Adjust the inside and outside rear view mirrors.
Buckle your safety belts.
Check operation of the foot and electric 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 2.
When parked, always put the electric parking brake on and put the gearshift lever in neutral or the Tiptronic S selector lever in position P.
On hills also turn the front wheels toward the curb.