MINI Seasonal Advice


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. But the unpredictable British weather can still be a challenge to both you and your car. With the right essentials, you can keep safe and comfortable in rain or shine.

Our six Lloyd MINI centres across Cumbria, Lancashire and Newcastle upon Tyne all offer specialist advice and support for every season of the year. Located in some of the country's top locations, including World Heritage sites and the Lake District National Park, Lloyd MINI has centres in Blackpool, Carlisle, Cockermouth, Colne, Newcastle and the South Lakes.

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Top Ten Winter Driving Tips

Adverse weather and prolonged darkness make winter driving more hazardous. Wet and icy conditions can have a huge impact on how your MINI handles the road in the cold weather. In the UK, with warmer winters in the past, not many drivers have experience driving in extreme winter conditions. So take your time and consider our winter driving tips on the road this season:

  1. Prepare your vehicle, top up your screen wash, de-frost all windows before setting off
  2. Know your journey and should you not have Sat Nav, be aware of alternative routes you could take
  3. Ensure you have plenty of fuel in the tank to compensate for any required detours
  4. Use dipped headlamps in snowy, wet weather
  5. Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front to compensate longer stopping distances
  6. Take your time when accelerating/decelerating to avoid skidding
  7. Know your brakes, ensure your brake pads have sufficient depth. This can be checked on a free vehicle health check by our technicians.*
  8. Ensure you have sufficient tyre tread and they are correctly inflated
  9. Invest in a set of Winter Wheels and Tyres
  10. Keep a pack of essentials, just in case: Screen wash top-up, Top-up oil, De-icer, Ice Scraper, Phone charger, Spare tyre/tyre sealant

*Advance booking required.

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Vehicle Health Check

Don't get left out in the cold this season, at Lloyd we carry out a vehicle health check on your MINI each time you visit, to ensure that your car is ready to battle the elements. For your peace of mind, our MINI-trained technicians can carry out a video health check, identifying any elements which may need attention.

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MINI Winter Tyres

There’s no need to save your adventures for summer – MINI Original Winter Tyres are made from rubber mixtures specially-formulated for driving when temperatures are low. This means you can safely master narrow bends, even if the road is wet or covered in snow. No other piece of equipment has such a 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.

They are perfectly matched to your MINI model and give you not only grip but, with their new designs, also your own unmistakable style on the road.

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Winter Tyres from only £960 - available on 0% finance*

Give yourself enhanced grip as well as peace of mind during the colder months with a set of winter wheels and tyres. 

Delivery-mileage-MINIs-OffersWhen the temperature drops summer tyres no longer perform at their best. The rubber compounds get hard, resulting in a reduction of adhesion and handling. That is why 7°C is the signal for winter tyres. Only the special rubber compounds of winter tyres withstand the cold in order to maintain grip and guarantee a short braking distance. Make a timely change – and make the difference between a critical situation and a collision. As well as being safer, Winter Tyres also wear more efficiently than standard tyres in low temperatures saving future costs.

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*Terms and conditions apply, please contact your nearest retailer for more information. 

 Tyre Safety Check

Tyres are obviously essential in keeping you safe as the only contact with the road, so make sure they are performing at their best with our complimentary tyre safety check.  Included in your tyre safety check you will receive:

  • Complimentary Vehicle Health Check including Video Report
  • Complimentary Wash and Vacuum
  • Complimentary Quality Enhancements where applicable
  • MINI Technicians trained to the latest manufacturer standards

Not only that, should you need a tyre replacement, our price-match guarantee means that you can be assured that you’re getting the best value for money. We offer this for all makes and models so you can make the most of our complimentary facilities in our MINI Centres while you wait for the tyre check to be completed.

CLICK HERE to find your nearest Lloyd MINI for more information. 

At all our MINI Centres we are here to help you make the most of your MINI throughout the year, whatever the weather.


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