Here in the Bedford, NH area, winter hasn’t officially arrived, but we’ve certainly received our fair share of winter weather. Before long, it is likely that the roads will be covered in snow and ice, and whether you’re new to driving in winter conditions or you’ve done it your whole life, everybody could use a refresher. As the go-to place for a MINI Cooper in Bedford, NH, our dealers are happy to share our winter driving tips.

Take your time: First of all, when you’re behind the wheel of your new 2019 MINI Countryman (or another MINI vehicle) on snowy, icy roads, you’ll want to take things slow. Going slow gives you plenty of time to maneuver, which is necessary because everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. When you accelerate, be sure to apply the gas slowly in order to regain traction and avoid skids. Also remember that it takes longer to brake when you’re driving on a slippery surface, so apply your brakes earlier than normal.

Threshold braking: Many of the issues that occur during winter driving are brake-related. The best way to stop when driving on a slippery surface is by using a technique known as threshold braking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply steady and firm pressure to the brake pedal.

Be careful on hills: One of the biggest mistakes that drivers make when driving in snow is applying too much power on the gas when going uphill, making your car’s wheels spin out. Instead, get a little extra inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top.

For more MINI Countryman winter driving tips, talk to a dealer here at MINI of Bedford.