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…
- Before driving in inclement weather conditions, make sure that your vehicle has had a Winter Check done. Our MINI Trained Technicians will complete checks of your Electrical system (battery, ignition and lights), Brakes, Tyres, Exhaust, Wipers & Fluids (radiator, antifreeze, heating, cooling system) £39.95. To book your Winter Check, please speak to the Service Department.
- Check your tyre tread depth and replace your tyres when they reach the legal limit of 1.6mm.
- Consider purchasing winter wheels and tyres for your MINI.
- Keep your windows and mirrors clean and clear of ice and snow to ensure full visibility in the low winter sun.
- Keep your lights clean and check the bulbs regularly so you are fully prepared for lower visibility and shorter days.
- Check your oil and water regularly and keep your windscreen washer topped up with the correct concentration of cleaner fluid.
- Ensure your wiper blades are in good condition, if they leave streaks they require replacing so please ask to speak to our Parts Departments.
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!