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Gearing up for longer drives.

There’s a good chance you’ve been using your MINI less than usual lately. So before you jump in and head off on a longer drive, you’ll want to give your car the once over to make sure it’s ready for the road. We’ve pulled together some useful advice and handy tips so you can make sure your MINI is ready for the drive.
Check your MINI's engine oil levels

1. Check your MINI’s engine oil levels.

If you’re due for a change, be sure to replace all of the oil and do not add new oil on top of old.
Get under the bonnet to check your MINI's fluids

2. Get under the bonnet to check your MINI’s fluids.

Make sure your coolant and windscreen washer are topped up to avoid any breakdowns.
Test your MINI's tyre pressure

3. Test your MINI’s tyre pressure using a gauge or air hose at the petrol station.

If the reading shows that the pressure is too high, simply let some air out. If it’s lower, inflate them until you reach the recommended pressure level. Unsure what your tyre pressure should be? There should be a black sticker on the inside of the driver’s door with the details you need. Or have a check of your owner’s manual (you’ll see a black chart – simply match your tyre size on the chart to see your recommended pressure level).
Inspect your tyres

4. Inspect your tyres.

Check for wear and take a look at the tyre’s tread. The best and most accurate way to do this is by using a depth gauge (there are lots of inexpensive options online). MINI AUC recommends a depth of 3mm, so that’s what you want to be looking for.
Brakes corrosion free

5. Make sure that your brakes are corrosion free.

The best way to do this is to clean your brakes, you can do this simply by using them. Slowly move your MINI in your driveway (or a car park) and gently apply the brake pedal a few times.
MINI's lights and signals

6. So you’re safe on the road, make sure all your MINI’s lights and signals are working properly.

It’s much easier to do this with another person’s help, so they can stand back and check the lights while you flick the switches. If one of your lights isn’t working, don’t worry, it’s a quick and easy fix. Just drop by your local MINI Centre and they’ll be able to sort it out.
Give your MINI a good wash

7. Give your MINI a good wash.

It sounds obvious but it’s really important for your visibility whilst driving. A clean MINI is a visible MINI. Also you’ll look great on the road, which is always a bonus.

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