Facts you may find useful in the Winter...

As the seasons change you may notice changes in your MINI too, don't be alarmed as they may be completely normal. Read below a series of things that may change as we head into the colder months...

  • Poor handling, loss of grip or sliding on snow or icy roads due to reduced grip
  • Your car may struggle to drive up steep hill when the ground is icy or snowy
  • Automatic stop/start will stop working when the temperature is below 4°C or when your windows or being demisted
  • There may be a warning sound when starting the engine or driving to indicate the temperature has dropped below 4°C
  • The snow flake symbol warning light will appear when the temperature drops below 4°C
  • Outside temperature reading flashing, indicates the temperature is below 4°C
  • Traction control light flashing while driving (indicating system operating)
  • Your windscreen washers can often freeze if the temperature is very low meaning they can be stuck
  • ABS warning light flashing when braking (indicating system operating)
  • Windows may freeze in certain temperatures and weather conditions meaning they will not open when prompted

Winter Tyres:

As a MINI driver, you are a true original. And this individuality doesn’t stop when the winter comes. When rain, ice and snow are around, the important thing is: Outstanding safety combined with pure driving pleasure. No other piece of equipment has such an great influence on handling and safety as wheels and tyres. At temperatures below 7 °C, MINI Genuine Winter Tyres already show clear advantages compared to summer tyres.

When the temperature drops below 7 °C, summer tyres no longer perform at their best because their rubber compounds go hard at low temperatures. On wet or snow-covered road surfaces in particular, this has a negative influence on adhesion, steering and handling. Winter tyres are made from special rubber compounds formulated to withstand the cold so that they continue to grip even when the temperature drops.

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