7 Tips for Winter Driving Safety Here in Pittsburgh

It’s that time of year again – when the temperatures drop below freezing and severe weather warnings are imminent. As the weather continues to change, winter driving safety is crucial to keep in mind, and driving defensively becomes more important than ever. Here are a few tips to help you drive safely this winter:


  1. Warming up your car’s engine before driving – just make sure you aren’t doing it in an enclosed space, like a garage.
  2. Keep up with routine maintenance is especially important when preparing for the winter, but one of the most pressing issues is your tires. Tire pressure decreases faster in lower temperatures, and good traction is key to minimizing slipping on icy roads.
  3. Keep your gas tank at least half full during the colder months. Having low levels of gas in your tank can cause freezing along the gas-line.
  4. Keep an eye on weather reports in advance so that you are prepared for bad conditions.
  5. When driving in bad conditions, coast to a stop as much as possible without using your brakes, and accelerate slowly. Don’t try to force your vehicle up hills without getting a running start, as accelerating quickly uphill will only cause your wheels to spin.
  6. As an added precaution, make sure you keep an emergency kit in your vehicle and always have your cell phone charged.
  7. When in doubt, just stay home.


Winter driving safety is only one aspect of staying safe in bad conditions, but keeping roads safe in bad weather conditions is part of keeping not only yourself and your family, but also your community, safe overall. Let us at MINI of Pittsburgh know what you do to drive safely in the winter time in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

A Six-Door “Shooting Brake” – 2016 MINI Clubman

While the idea of a large, six-door MINI station wagon may seem like it strays drastically from the not normal image that is MINI, the 2016 MINI Clubman tells matches the MINI brand’s idea of a great car and unique, quirky, fun-to-drive appearance that we all love. Of course, we are not the only ones that love MINI. Industry critics appear to be all about the Clubman’s extra legroom and improvements to the vehicle’s second-generation too. The new 2016 MINI Clubman provides improved space and storage options without sacrificing the brand’s retro feel.

The 2016 Clubman is described by the New York Daily News as a compact segment interpretation of the “Shooting Brake” (a British term for a version of a station wagon), which fits the visual of the vehicle’s wide, elongated body. The MINI Clubman’s tailgate splits and opens with the two doors facing one another, so in addition to the car’s four-door setup, this makes the Clubman a six-door “Shooting Brake”.

The Clubman comfortably provides space for up to four passengers, with ample luggage capacity. Despite the extra interior space, the vehicle still evokes the traditional feel of the MINI brand with its superior handling and powerful engine.

MINI’s introduced more and more variety into their models lately with the arrival of other cars in their lineup such as the Hatch, Countryman, and Paceman, and we couldn’t be more pleased. We love showing off the latest MINI and helping our motoring customers fall in love with the MINI of their dreams.  Come by MINI of Pittsburgh to test drive the new 2016 Clubman and find out what makes it so unique, even in our MINI line-up.