The winter weather has finally arrived and you may have already experienced some icy roads, so it’s essential to keep your car well maintained. Here’s our top winter weather tips…
A set of winter tyres will increase your MINIs capability to perform and grip to the road, not only in snow and ice, but also wet and cold conditions. These tyres can be used all winter which means they do not have to be changed when you go from driving on snow to driving on tarmac. From £560 these specialised tyres will keep you on the road regardless of the harsh snow and ice we can be faced with. For more information on Winter Tyres, please speak to the Parts Department.
Driving in the rain
When it is raining, allow yourself extra time to stop. During wet weather you can aquaplane on surface water so if this happens, take your foot off the accelerator and don’t brake or steer suddenly.Try to avoid driving through flood water but if you have to then make sure that you keep your vehicle moving to avoid stalling the engine. Keep your revs high and depress your clutch when you need to. Test your brakes after passing through the water.
Driving through ice and snow
Check for snow on the roof of the vehicle before you drive off. Snow can slip down over your windscreen and obscure your view and other drivers views. Keep your speed low and if your tyres are making no noise this could be a sign you’re driving on ice. If your vehicle skids depress the clutch and turn the steering wheel into the direction of the skid. When the vehicle straightens steer along the road. Don’t brake –it will just lock up your wheels and you’ll skid further.
If it is very foggy (less than 100m visibility) and you can’t see much, switch your fog lights on. Switch them off once conditions have improved.
Driving in windy weather
Strong winds can blow a vehicle, cyclist, motorcyclist, or horse rider off course. This can happen on open stretches of road exposed to strong crosswinds, or when passing bridges or high-sided vehicles. Take extra care when driving during windy weather.
MINI Emergency Service
Don’t forget should the unexpected happen over the Christmas period you can call MINI Emergency Service on 0800 777 101.
If your MINI is under 3 years old then this service is free of charge!