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Get Ready for Winter Driving with a Comprehensive Winter Survival Kit

With winter just around the corner, you need to make sure your car is ready to go in cold weather. This includes proper winterization of your car and making certain you have a proper winter survival kit. Your life and those of your loved ones depends on it.

In your automobile winter survival kit, you need to include extra pieces of warm clothing and blankets. Clothing includes boots, gloves, and caps. Your kit also needs a reliable, powerful flashlight, jumper cables, and extra water.  

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Does Your Vehicle Need All-Season Tires or Winter Tires?

There are ways to prepare for driving safely in winter weather, and we can help at MINI of Portland. If you want to know which type of tires that you need, read further to understand the difference between winter tires and all-season tires.

If you're driving in areas with little snow, then all-season tires are probably suitable. If you reside in an area that has frequent, heavy snow with black ice, then you should have a set of winter tires mounted before winter sets in because winter tires have more biting edges and deeper tread patterns. 

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Strap Your Child in Safe

Failing to place your child in their car seat properly can leave them vulnerable in an event of an accident. If you have questions or concerns you can always contact the NHTSA, who has check stations for your child's car seat around the country. Would you like some helpful tips when putting your child in their safety seat? At MINI of Portland, we want you to be as informed as possible, so here are a few tips to help you keep your kid safe and comfortable.

Use Instructions On Car Seat

Remember to read the guidelines before installing the…

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Tips to Help You Reduce Glare

When you're driving on the road at night, try to shift your focus to something else on the road aside from the oncoming headlights. This will help to reduce the glare that you experience when you're meeting another car. If you're driving on a busy highway, then consider slightly looking to the right side of the road instead of the center of the roadway.

An option for reducing glare at night is to wear nighttime glasses. They are coated on the front of the lens and the back. This design is similar to sunglasses and reduces the…

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Ways to Make Better Gas Mileage

It's getting more and more expensive every day to operate a vehicle. One of the major expenses is fuel. No one wants to pay more for gas than needed, so MINI of Portland wants you to know a few tips to get better gas mileage in your vehicle.

Driving in an efficient manner is one of the best ways to improve overall fuel economy. One way to drive more efficiently and save gas is to always drive at or below the speed limit. Driving at a slower speed saves gas and keeps you safer. Cutting down on idling time…

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For Safety, Move Over

Suppose you were to drive upon any situation where public servants or an automobile were in the breakdown lane. Would you know what American laws expect you to do? At MINI of Portland, we want to help you be an informed, safe driver, and we can answer that question.

Every state in our nation has a Move Over Law. These laws heighten safety for police officers, emergency workers and motorists in breakdown lanes. Of course, each state's law contains unique wording, but all Move Over Laws expect you to give people and autos in breakdown lanes a cushion.  

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Mirror Technology May Reduce Night-Time Accidents

When you're driving at night, you'll want every advantage to help keep you safe. Thanks to incredibly advanced technology, more such safety equipment is becoming standard on today's new vehicles. One of these technologies is the electrochromic rearview mirror.

These mirrors automatically dim when they detect light from headlights of the car behind you. Two sensors, which are either small cameras or photodetectors, sense the glare and sends a charge through an electrochromic gel.  

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Technological Advances: A Car Thief's Greatest Assets

Nowadays, car thieves only need a Wi-Fi connection and a few hacking steps they've learned from the Internet to steal your car. In order to prevent your car from being stolen through the use of technological advancements, you should take precautionary measures.

For starters, place your vehicle key fob in a metal container while at home to prevent hackers from accessing the code using an Electronic Signal Amplifier. You also should never leave the key fob on the table while dining at a restaurant or other public eatery places.  

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Arrive at Your Destination Safely With These Winter Driving Tips

Here at MINI of Portland, we understand the importance of driving safely in the winter. When the snow and ice set in, it is necessary that you are prepared. Have your vehicle inspected for leaks, worn hoses, and other damages before the snow and ice arrive.

Before you leave, check the road conditions and traffic to ensure that you take the safest route. You should also keep others informed about what route you are taking and when you are planning to arrive. Drive cautiously when you are traveling on the snow. 

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Safer Driving on the Road with Bicyclists

The use of bicycles has grown in recent years, and drivers must learn to share the road with a larger number of bicyclists. Bike lanes help, and increased driver awareness will make the roads safer for everyone.

Drivers know that the best way to avoid a collision is to drive safely. Drivers should slow down when possible, and they should always drive below the posted speed limit. Drivers must avoid distractions, and always be alert for people walking nearby, using skateboards, or bicycling. 

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