November 13, 2014
Water freezes at 32’F. The weather is below this at nighttime and early in the mornings, in most parts of our region. Many people have water or watered-down coolants in their radiators and do not know it.
Please take your car to get your radiators double checked with cold/freezing resistant coolant fluid. If the water or diluted coolant freezes, the damage could be much more expensive.
Double Check everyone…and drive safely!!
September 17, 2014
New Car Wash, numerous service bays to handle so many cars at a time, a BRAND NEW CAFE and a gorgeous interior to serve you while you get your next dream car…..is just a short list of what is coming!
Stay tuned and await our announcement ….but you can visit today and see it for yourself
September 15, 2014
Make sure you and your car are properly equipped
Before you set out on a snowy trip, even if it’s just a short drive to the grocery store, keep the following items in mind.
- Make sure that your car has ample antifreeze, the windshield is clean and you have plenty of windshield washer fluid.
- Check to make sure the headlights are clean and in working order.
- Verify that the tires have tread and are properly inflated.
- Have your battery tested, to avoid being stranded in the cold with a car that won’t start.
- Equip your car with a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, warm clothes, and a blanket.
- Remember to have sunglasses in the car, as the glare of the sun off of snow and ice can be more intense in the winter than it is in the summer.
- Perhaps the most important of all: Remember your cell phone, so you can call in case of emergency.
Slow down and drive smoothly
Driving too quickly is the main cause of accidents in winter conditions. Even if you’re driving an SUV or a four-wheel-drive vehicle, you cannot safely do 80 mph during a snowstorm. Regardless of your vehicle, how you drive can prevent accidents.
- Avoid abrupt acceleration, braking and unnecessary lane changes. These maneuvers can cause your vehicle to lose traction and can launch you into an uncontrollable skid, leading to a collision.
- Four-wheel-drive may help your vehicle get going in the slushy stuff, but it’s of no use when you’re trying to steer or safely stop on a slippery road surface.
- Be patient and accept the fact that it is going to take longer to arrive at your destination.
Do not tailgate
Tailgating often leads to accidents, especially if you are driving in stop-and-go traffic. You may think that the driver in front of you doing 35 mph on the freeway is going too slow and needs a reminder in the form of you riding their bumper, but doing so is dangerous.
- Be patient and stay well behind the driver in front of you until it’s safe to pass.
- It is important to remember that it takes a much longer distance to stop your vehicle in the snow or ice due to the reduced traction, even with just a light covering on the road.
- Having to deal with a fender bender on a busy road in the snow is certainly something that you want to avoid, especially if other cars are sliding around as well.
- Many serious accident injuries come from a second impact from another car after a seemingly trivial collision.
Do not use cruise control
Driving with cruise control has become almost second nature. Sure, it prevents you from getting leg fatigue, keeps you from unwittingly speeding and is great on long trips, but driving with it on in winter conditions can be unsafe.
- If cruise control has become a staple of your driving habits, make a conscious effort to ensure that you are not using it in winter weather.
- Using cruise control in the snow, ice or even rain is dangerous because if your car hydroplanes or skids, the car can accelerate and spin the wheels, attempting to maintain a constant speed.
- If you hydroplane with cruise control on, it will be more likely that you lose control of your vehicle.
Pull over or stay home
Remember, there is no shame in making the logical decision to stay in when the conditions are bad. You may be late arriving to your destination, but arriving late in one piece is much better than the alternative.
- If you can postpone your trip, or if it is non-essential, stay in when the weather is really bad.
- If at any point during your trip you feel that the weather is too bad to continue driving, simply stay put.
- If you’re out on the road, find a safe spot to pull over and wait until the weather passes or calms to the point where you feel comfortable driving again.
- If driving in bad weather conditions is fatiguing, switch drivers before you get tired.
May 14, 2014
The Final winner of the MINI PREMIUM OUTLET (also known as MINI of Sterling VA) has been chosen. He was voted by his social media friends and fans as he competed against 9 other Creative CarSelfie photos of drivers. Almost 2 thousand people competed and submitted photos to the MINI PREMIUM OUTLET campaign website and a final 10 photos were selected by the MINI team.
These final 10 photos had to get their friends and fans on social media to vote for them on the MINI of Sterling VA fanpage.
After almost 2,000 votes in 7 days, Gregory Trnka was the winner with this photo:
OTHER PHOTOS SUBMITTED are below:
March 24, 2014
Pick one! Confidence (X Drive X3), Optimism (X Drive 3 Series), Audacious (Shiny Blue 328i) or Free Spirited (CONVERTIBLE 1 Series)?
March 15, 2014
Mini of Sterling is giving away $1000 cash prize for ONE LUCKY WINNER on May 5th that sends us a photo with their car. The goal is to have drivers display their creative side with their cars and provide a reward to one of them.
Do you want to be a lucky winner of $1000? Take your photo and send it via email to Win1000@MINIpremiumOUTLET.com or visit http://www.MINIpremiumOUTLET.com and submit your photo right there with ease.
January 29, 2014
His name is Miguel. He doesn’t just own a MINI. He LOVES his car and wants you to make yours look as good as his. Read his blog post here>> Miguel’s Story
For more photos of Miguel’s beautiful MINI, read HERE