The fact that MINI cars are so well-designed makes them more capable in wintery conditions than any other vehicle in the subcompact class. Innovations like adjustable driving modes, dynamic stability control, and available ALL4 all-wheel drive (AWD) give MINI owners in North Shore, MA and Salem, MA a big boost of confidence when the weather turns foul.
However, given the numerous hazards the snowy season brings, even the safest driver can benefit from some winter driving tips. So whether you’re piloting a MINI Countryman or a MINI Hardtop near Peabody, MA, keep this advice in mind when next you venture out in the snow and cold.
- Getting behind the wheel or staying behind the wheel when you’re tired is never a good idea, especially in wintertime, when your reaction-time and reflexes must be razor-sharp. If you’re planning to go out for the night, take a nap beforehand, or call an Uber. And if you’re in the midst of a long road trip and feel yourself starting to fade, pull over and rest – or switch drivers.
- Your tires will lose air faster in winter than in summer, so monitor your tire pressure on a weekly/biweekly basis and keep them properly inflated
- Make sure your antifreeze is always topped off. Keep at least a half-tank of gas in your car at all times to minimize the chances of a frozen gas line. Also, keep your wiper fluid reservoir full, and have a backup bottle in the trunk.
- Bring your car in to our local MINI dealership for MINI service near Peabody, MA. We’ll check the battery, inspect the brakes, examine the heater/defrost unit, confirm that your belts and cables are in good shape, and ensure your vehicle is ready for anything winter throws at it!