One of the greatest things about a MINI Cooper, is its true versatility. Now, if the idea of driving a MINI Cooper Convertible around during a harsh and long Alberta winter doesn’t seem like a good one to you, we’re here to tell you that there is nothing to fear (except perhaps fear itself). The MINI Cooper Convertible is totally winter driving ready and, with a few extra winter accessories, the MINI Convertible is so much fun you may even begin to enjoy a bit of winter driving. Read on, as the team from MINI Edmonton tells you a bit about what types of accessories will make your MINI Cooper Convertible ready to take on an unforgiving Alberta winter.
Get A Grip! (with Winter Tires)
The number one winter accessory for your MINI Cooper Convertible is, without a doubt, winter tires. Far from a marketing myth meant to sell more tires, the difference between winter tires and all season tires is about the same difference in the temperature between August long weekend and the middle of January. Deeper treads and different chemical compounds mean you can grip the road, and take full advantage of all the low-end torque found in the MINI Cooper Convertible, no matter the road conditions. Another myth is the idea that you can underinflate your all season tires; the rubber compounds found in all season tires will freeze at low temperatures, as well as lose tire pressure the colder it gets. So unless you want to be driving your MINI Cooper Convertible around with underinflated, frozen tires, get yourself a set made specifically for winter!
Clean Up Your Act
If you park outdoors, a proper snow removal tool for your MINI Cooper Convertible is a must. Not only is visibility super important in keeping you and everyone else on the road safe, but leaving heavy snow on the soft-top roof of your convertible for long periods of time can lead to damage, or warping of the soft-top. Find yourself a periscopic tool that fits neatly in the back seat, but can be extended to handle all of that fluffy white stuff we all love during the twelve days of Christmas, but loathe the other 100+ days of winter a year. And staying with the theme of keeping clean, why not pick up some all-weather floor mats? Deeper grooves keep the slush and salt away from the interior of the car, and are substantially easier to clean. Most wand wash car washes have clips that allow you to just pop the mats out, clip them up, and spray them down.
A bit of winter maintenance for your MINI Cooper Convertible will go a long way to providing peace of mind when you take to the snowy streets in winter. Things like checking your brakes seems like a no-brainer, but what about your battery? Most automotive shops and even some stores can test your battery for you. This is especially important if you park outdoors — the last thing you want to do is call the boss on the day of your big presentation to tell them your car won’t start. Safety doesn’t stop there though; an emergency kit and a warning triangle are must haves for winter travel. In addition to having an emergency kit tucked away somewhere, it’s also a good idea to stow a space blanket in the glove compartment, or somewhere within reach of the driver, just in case of an accident that finds you trapped in your seat.
Of course, it isn’t all doom and gloom; if you’re taking your MINI Cooper Convertible to the mountains for a thrilling weekend of downhill debauchery, MINI has ski and snowboard holders built specifically for the MINI Cooper Convertible, among many other winter accessories specific to MINI. To find out more, visit the staff at MINI Edmonton where we believe driving should be fun, no matter the season.