Winter 2020: MINI urges drives to be prepared and avoid common laws for road safety


With the drop in temperatures, up to 62 percent of road users may be prepared for winter breakdowns. According to NFU Mutual and the RAC, drivers were more likely to carry an umbrella than basic safety equipment. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, MINI has revealed their top tips for dealing with slippery road conditions and freezing cold temperatures.

Stock up

A MINI spokesperson has warned drivers they must be “prepared” to tackle the winter elements.

They warn that drivers should stock up on essentials to help them in the event of a breakdown or winter deluge.

A spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “The best form of defence against the winter elements is to be prepared.

“Act now and ensure your car has an inventory that includes; de-icer, scraper, gloves, sunglasses, torch, up-to-date map, screen wash and a pen and paper.

“Always take a fully charged mobile with you and ensure you have a working in-car charger.

“Also, make sure your water is topped up with anti-freeze and your fuel is in check to avoid getting stuck somewhere in freezing conditions.”

READ MORE: Car insurance may be invalidated for warming up cars in winter

Prepare your vehicle

Failing to clear a windscreen is “dangerous” and “illegal” and could see some drivers issued heavy penalties.

Driving around with frost or ice blocking your view of the road can see drivers issued a £60 fine and three points on their licence.

However, travelling with limited road vision can see some drivers fined for dangerous driving or putting other road users at risk.

A spokesperson at MINI said: “Before you set off on a journey of any length, allow yourself time to get the car ready.

“It’s important to fully clear your windows before setting off and the best way to do this is either with de-icer, or an ice-scraper.

“Not only is driving with an impaired windscreen view dangerous, but it’s also illegal.

“You must also never use warm or hot water to de-ice your windows, the thermal shock to the window could cause the glass pain to crack or shatter.”

Tyre health check

Tyres are one of the most important parts of a vehicle and must be fully maintained for road safety.

MINI warns that in colder temperatures the car’s tyres may not give drivers the necessary grip they need to remain on the road.

They have urged drivers to consider switching to winter tyres for safety purposes as well as to save money.

They said: As the temperature dips to 7˚C and below, standard tyres can harden and no longer provide optimum levels of grip on slippery roads, compromising performance when accelerating, braking and cornering.

“Switching to winter tyres for the colder months not only increases safety, but since they wear more slowly than standard tyres in low temperatures, they last longer and provide cost-effective winter motoring.”





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