Your Mini Countryman slips and becomes uncontrollable inside a turn when you weren’t driving so fast? You don’t really figure out where it comes from and you’ve been quite scared.
In this article, we will try to clarify the subject, and figure out all the potential causes that makes your Mini Countryman slip, but on top of that how to avoid getting caught up again and crash your Mini Countryman.
Circumstances that cause your Mini Countryman to slip
Wet soil and aquaplaning
The first thing to bear in mind, even if it seems obvious, is the weather conditions. When the ground is wet, and therefore covered with water, your Mini Countryman’s grip is completely modified And has a great chance to slip and loose control. You can potentially do aquaplaning, which means the fact that your tire is no longer in direct contact with the ground, and therefore your Mini Countryman no longer has any grip. Your car will therefore start to take random, very dangerous directions.
Tire quality, wear, pressure
This aquaplaning phenomenon is clearly accentuated by various reasons. First, the make of your Mini Countryman’s tires. If you have bought tires at an unbeatable price, it is probably to be at the expense of quality. Be very careful with that, your lives are at stake. If there is anything you should take care about before buying, it is the tires. Talk to someone qualified or examine comparators on the Internet for your Mini Countryman because a bad quality tire could make your Mini Countryman to slip very easily.
More than the quality of these tires, there is also their range of wear. Even a tire of excellent quality wears out relatively quickly, count between 40,000 and 50,000 km. When you have worn tires, they become completely smooth and therefore suffer a loss of all Mini Countryman’s grip on the ground.
Then comes the pressure from them. Indeed, an under-inflated tire also favors aqua-planning (we are referring to aquaplnning here but this does not only concern water, but any slippery ground, water, oil, gasoline etc…). Remember to check the pressure of these regularly, especially on the eve of a long journey. The suggested pressure is often written on it, otherwise you can look on the internet by filling in your Mini Countryman’s model.
Vehicle load and driving behaviour
It is also essential to take into account the load of the vehicle. If your safe is overloaded, your Mini Countryman will probably be much harder to control and therefore slip easily. Pay attention to that, and that brings us to the most vital point to consider, your driving style.
If you drive fast, it is just common sense to reduce your grip on the ground. When turning, do not accelerate. Keep in mind, avoid wet areas, especially on the side of the road.
Imagine that you arrived too fast in the bend, when you start to lose control and start to slip, avoid braking at all costs. This would cause you to permanently lose control of the vehicle.
If your car is leaving from the front, it is advisable to stay on course and wait until you find some grip.
If, on the other hand, you were to start making a tailspin, try to counter-direct your Mini Countryman in the right direction.
Of course it is easier said than done, but it is still better to be familiar with that than nothing at all!
The main point to remember is that your Mini Countryman’s brake is your adversary in this circumstance, examine the condition of your Mini Countryman on a regular basis, don’t drive too fast, especially in corners, and if this occurs anyway, try to stay calm and just decelerate to restore controllable speed and grip the road again.
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