Mud Terrain Tyres VS All Terrain Tyres: Which Should You Buy?

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Mud Terrain Tyres and All Terrain Tyres are designed to help you in certain situations; for example, when:

  • you can’t get traction on muddy surfaces
  • you need a tyre fit for all purposes
  • you’re going off-roading
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Choosing 4×4 Tyres by Off-Roading Type

Driving on mud: This might seem a straightforward choice, and that’s because it is. If you have a 4×4 trip planned and the majority of the terrain is mud, then you should definitely choose mud tyres.

Driving on sand: Again, mud tyres perform great on sand.

Driving in wet, icy or snowy conditions: All Terrain Tyres are the better choice of the two. This is because they have smaller tread blocks, narrower voids, and have less-robust internal tread compounds.

mud terrain tyres good for:All Terrain Tyres good for:
RoadRoad
GravelGravel
Sand – may need to lower PSI when using on sandSand
Mud
RockRock – not as good as Mud Terrain tyres

All Terrain Tyres aren’t good for:
Mud terrains.

Mud Tyres vs All Terrain Tyres: MPG

We often get asked, do Mud Terrain Tyres use more fuel than All Terrain Tyres? Yes. All Terrain Tyres tend to come out on top for the best mile per gallon statistics. Mud Terrain tyres will typically use more fuel than All Terrain tyres due to their tread pattern causing a harder resistance on the road.

Mud Tyres vs All Terrain Tyres: Lifespan

All Terrain Tyres typically have a longer lifespan than Mud Terrain Tyres. If you need a set of tyres that will cover more miles, the All Terrain Tyres are the best option for you.

Mud Terrain Tyre pressures:

The PSI for Mud Terrain Tyres can be different than the PSI for All Terrain Tyres. The general rule of thumb is, if you have a light vehicle such as a Toyota Hilux, you will generally need less PSI. This is because of the sidewalls being stronger on Mud Terrain Tyres.

If you have All Terrain tyres and a heavy vehicle, you will often need a higher PSI.

Are mud terrain tyres good on the road?

Mud Terrain Tyres can be used on the road, however, road noise is much worse than when All Terrain Tyres are fitted.

ProsCons
Mud Terrain TyresMore TractionShorter Life
All Terrain TyresLonger LifeLess Traction

Are mud terrain tyres good in the snow?

We don’t recommend mud tyres for driving in snow. Mud tyres are designed and built with a different tread compound than winter tyres. Due to the tread of a mud tyre, they will constantly be pushing a little wall of snow in front of itself all the time, cutting traction and response times.

Which one of these 4×4 tyres do you need?

If you are a serious off-roader, then we recommend you opt for Mud Terrain Tyres. However, for all-around driving such as to and from work, or if you have a light 4×4 or SUV, then All Terrain Tyres will more than likely suit your requirements just fine.

Your safety off-road and on-road is your responsibility. No article or video can replace proper instruction and experience. Make sure you practice proper techniques and safety guidelines before you go off-roading.

Learn more about tyres and off-roading

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Are your tyres safe and legal?
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Milner Off Road Discount Codes

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We all like saving money right? You might often find a 4×4 part or accessory you want to buy from our website, head on over to Google and search “Milner Off Road discount code”, hands up if you’ve done this before. Whilst we can’t fault you for doing so, unfortunately, we do not affiliate ourselves with any other discount websites, so unfortunately if you find a code online they probably will not be legitimate

So rather than wasting your time scouring the web for discount codes for Milner Off Road voucher codes, you will be able to find them right here as and when we release them. Milner Off Road Ltd frequently offer online discounts. These will only be found here, on www.milneroffroad.com, our Facebook page, Twitter page & Mailchimp (Online newsletter).

Milner Off Road Ltd currently run an ‘Owner’s Club Discount Scheme’ which offers the customer 5% off their order. Please check with your club to see if they are part of our discount scheme. They will then give you the necessary details. (The club discount is not valid on genuine items, special orders, engines or tyres).

Alternatively, you can purchase Milner Off Road gift vouchers from our gift vouchers section on our website. Click here to get yours, or treat a loved one or friend to the perfect 4×4 enthusiast’s gift.

How you can obtain a Milner Off Road Discount Code

As mentioned above, Milner Off Road offer discounts via the ‘Owners Club Discount Scheme’. To get a discount code, you have to be a member of one of the OCDS clubs.

You will either have to either join as a member if it is a website OR join as a member on their Facebook page and have been an active member for 3 months.

You must then inbox the admin for the code.

You must then enter your code or the code and their Forum name into the ‘Special Instructions / Comments’ box – we will then manually deduct the 5% off the order once we receive it.

Current valid groups are:

Toyota Hilux Surf Owners Group – Facebook

L200 FORUM – Website & FB Page

L200 Owners Club – Website

Ford-Ranger-Forum-UK – Website & FB Page

Toyota Hilux Surf Owners Group – FB Page

LandCruiserClub. net – Website

HPOC – Website

Terrano & Maverick Owners UK – FB Page

Club R51M – FB Page

Nissan 4×4 Owners UK – FB Page

Daihatsu Owners Page – FB Page

iMultiToyota Italia – Website

LandCruiserItalia.Org – Website

Norsk LandCruiser Klubb / NLCK – Website & FB Page

4×4 Norway Mitsubishi Klubben – Website

G.L.A.S.S (Green Lane Association) – Website

Trooper Owners Club – FB Page

L200 Owners UK – FB Page

Nissan X-Trail UK – FB Page

Shogun Sport / Pajero Sport Owners Club – FB Page

Ford Ranger Owners UK – FB Page

Isuzu Pick-up Owners Club UK – FB Page

Toyota4x4.se – Website

4×4 Response Members – Website

HiluxSurf.co.uk – Website

Discount codes are not valid on Special Orders, Tyres, Genuine Items or Engines

Part Worn 4×4 Tyres – Should You Buy?

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Should you buy part worn 4×4 tyres? Purchasing part worn tyres might seem like a cheap alternative, but can end up costing you more in the long run.

When it comes to buying 4×4 tyres, no corner should be cut. Tyres are extremely important for keeping you and your fellow motorists safe on the road. Your tyres are the only part of your 4×4 in contact with the road, therefore it’s vital they should be in tip-top condition.

What are part worn tyres?

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As the name suggests, part worn tyres are tyres that have already been used. Buying part worn tyres could be considered like buying anything other second-hand, if something goes wrong with it, you can’t take it back.

Are part worn tyres safe?

Tread depth is one of the key components of safe driving. If a tyre has low tread depth, it can become increasingly ineffective and dangerous to other road users.

Are part worn tyres legal?

In the UK, it is not illegal to sell part worn tyres to motorists, However, a legislation has been put in place to permit the sale, subject to the tyres meeting a number of strict criteria. Despite this, part worn tyres are being sold illegally and a pose a serious safety risk to motorists.

Part worn tyres must:

Under The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (reg.7.) which is part of the Consumer Protection Act, it is an offence for anyone to sell part worn tyres that do not meet the following principal requirements:

  • Have an EC approval mark + a speed & load capacity index
  • structural integrity must not be compromised
  • The tyre must NOT have large cuts any bulges or lumps both internally and externally
  • The tyre should not have plies or cords exposed
  • Prior to the sale, the tyres must have passed an inflation test
  • The tyres original grooves must still be clearly visible in their entirety and must be to a depth of at least 2mm across the full breadth of the tread, around its entire circumference
  • Part worn tyres which have NOT been re-treaded must clearly show the relevant ‘E’ mark alongside which ‘PART-WORN’ must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4mm high.

Part-worn tyres that have been re-treaded must have one of the following:

  • The tyre should have BS AU 144b, 144c, 144d, or 144e markings on the side wall (if first supplied as a re-tread on or before 31 December 2003 an ECE approval mark (if first supplied as a re-tread on or after 1 January 2004)
  • The tyre should feature a permanent mark to identify the original model and manufacturer, the word ‘RETREAD’ moulded onto or into its sidewall (in upper case letters at least 4mm high) and further markings in accordance with ECE rules. You may need to seek further advice as to which rules apply
  • The indication ‘PART WORN’ must also appear next to the BS or ECE approval mark, or next to the word ‘RETREAD’ on the tyre
  • For tyres marked BS AU 144e, a speed category symbol and load capacity marking should be present
  • A tyre has to comply with all these requirements whether or not it is fitted to a rim

More information can be found here.

TyreSafe discovered that 98% of part worn tyres that they checked were sold illegally – with 34% of the tyre containing dangerous forms of damage.

Read. Are your tyres safe and legal?

How much do part worn tyres cost?

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The cost of a part worn tyre can vary depending on the size of the tyre, brand, and how much the tyre has worn. Costs will also vary depending on the fitter you choose. When purchasing a part worn tyre, the cost is lower than that of a new tyre. However, despite the initial upfront cost, part worn tyres do not offer good value for money in the long run.

This is because a part worn tyre has been used before, and will have less tread depth than that of a new tyre. Part worn tyres typically have 4mm and under, whereas a new tyre will on average come with 8mm of tread. Instead of focusing on the cost of the initial price, you should look at the cost per mm of a tyre.

Are part worn tyres any good?

Depending on their condition, part worn tyres can be good for a short amount of time when compared to new tyres. If you only drive low miles every day, then part worn tyres might be a great solution for you.

Where can I buy part worn tyres?

If you’re tempted to buy part worn tyres, you can simply Google “part worn tyres near me” and you will be given an abundance of links to different companies selling part worn tyres near you.

Should I buy part worn tyres?

The choice is yours. We will always advise you to buy new tyres for safety reasons and for long-term investment. In the UK, it isn’t illegal to sell part worn tyres, but if you do decide to buy part worn tyres for your 4×4, please check they meet the strict criteria mentioned above. Part worn’s may appear to save you money initially, however, they actually cost you more in the long run & could put you and others road safety at risk.

See our great selection of new 4×4 tyres.

What Causes Brake Squeal?

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Find out what causes brake squeal and how to stop brake squeal

There’s nothing worse than coming to a stop and hearing that shrill, piercing sound of your brakes squealing.

But what actually causes this noise and how can it be prevented?

This is something we get asked on a day-to-day basis, so we’re writing this article to give you the answer.

This is actually a very common problem that a lot of people don’t understand.

Most people when they hear their brakes squealing, they do nothing and expect it to go away. Sometimes, people have their music too loud to even notice it.

However, not resolving brake squeal can be dangerous and cost you in the long run.

What Causes Brake Squeal?

Squealing brakes are a sign of one of the following conditions.

  1. The friction material is effectively gone and the backing plate is being jammed against the brake rotor (worn brake pads).
  2. Glazed pads and rotors.
  3. Lack of brake pad insulation
  4. Broken anti-rattle clips

 

Worn brake pads

Squealing is the result of extremely high-frequency vibration between the pads, the caliper piston, and the brake rotor. A brake pad is compromised of steel backing with friction material attached to it. When you apply the brakes, hydraulic pressure is produced causing the brake pads (via brake calipers) to clamp down on the brake discs (rotors) causing friction. The friction caused by the pads clamping onto the discs is what slows down and brings your vehicle to a stop.

When the friction material on your pads wears down, the time has come to change your brake pads.

Glazed brake pads and discs

Brake squeal can also happen when the brake calipers are sticking and the brake stays partially applied. When this happens the brake pads are in constant contact with the disc. This produces excessive friction and heat. Overheated brake pads can harden and crystallise.

Glazing doesn’t just occur on brake pads, it can also occur on brake discs. If this is the case, the squealing is the result of these hardened surfaces coming into contact with each other.

Lack of brake pad insulation

When a vehicle is new, insulation shims are placed against the steel backing of the pad effectively insulating it from the brake caliper. When the shims eventually wear out, this can also cause squealing.

Broken Anti-rattle clips

Brake pads are held in place on the caliper by pad stays. Anti-rattle clips are used to secure the pad to prevent it from vibrating or rattling when you apply the brakes. If your anti-rattle clips are broken, the brake pads vibrating will cause the squealing noise you can hear.

How to Stop Brake Squeal

So, we’ve identified the causes. We now need to stop the brake squeal from happening.

  1. Replace worn out brake pads with new brake pads
  2. Clean your existing brake pads
  3. Replace or clean your brake discs if they’re rusted.

 

ChrisFix explains how to stop your brakes from squeaking in this great video (see below)

When Should You Replace Your Brake Pads?

Changing the brake pads of your vehicle is a major adjustment to your vehicle to keep it safe.

When should they be replaced?

  1. If your vehicle’s brake pedal feels spongy or springy when applied
  2. Poor braking
  3. Your vehicle judders when braking
  4. Brake Squeal

 

Replacing your brake pads is a cheap and effective way of keeping your vehicle roadworthy and safe and should be something that is not overlooked. Check your brake pads today to keep your vehicle running safely, smoothly and legally.

Milner Off Road stock a wide array of 4×4 brake pads for different vehicles, so if you suspect that your brakes may be on their way out, we can help.

Simply enter your reg number here to see our range of 4×4 brake pads and other parts, and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch or leave a comment.

Best DPF Cleaner

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Best DPF Cleaner for Diesel Vehicle Maintenance

If you own a diesel vehicle, then you will definitely need to clean your DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) at some point. Most diesel owners aren’t even aware their vehicle has a DPF and can be quite worried when the dreaded DPF light appears on their dashboard.

The best DPF cleaner we recommend here at Milner is the TEC4 Complete DPF & Diesel System Cleaning Kit for vehicles with DPF. It’s the perfect cost-effective solution for cleaning your DPF. This kit can easily either significantly improve fuel economy or fix an existing problem. Nb. This kit will only clean your DPF.

What is a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF)?

The diesel particulate filter (DPF) is designed to remove diesel particulate matter or soot from exhaust gas produced by a diesel engine.

The DPF needs to be cleaned regularly, and this is done by a process called regeneration. The regeneration can be either active, passive or forced regeneration. Soot is burnt off at high temperature – approximately 600°c – leaving only a residue of ash. The reason for the regeneration is to allow it to take on more pollution from the diesel engine.

What to Look for In A DPF Cleaner

In our opinion, these are the most important things to look for:

  • Combats the adverse effects of stop-start driving
  • Lowers the temperature at which soot particles are burnt off
  • Aids passive regeneration of the DPF system
  • Improves engine performance and response
  • Compatible with all diesel engines
  • Reduces exhaust emissions

Tec4 DPF System Cleaner is simply added to the contents of the fuel tank. The product uses a catalyst to adhere to the soot particles produced during combustion thus lowering the temperature at which the soot particles can be burnt off.

This enables the system to regenerate at the lower temperatures typically associated with short journeys and stop-start driving.

Tec4 DPF System Cleaner is compatible with Diesel and Bio-Diesel.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
Use only as directed in compression ignition engines.

Add one 400ml bottle of Tec4 DPF System Cleaner to the contents of the fuel tank.

For engines that have a fuel tank larger than 100-litre capacity add at 0.5% by volume.

Why Should You Clean Your DPF?

As we mentioned above, the DPF’s aim is to physically trap and collect diesel soot and ash particles. While the majority of trapped soot is burned off during periodic filter regeneration, ash particles are not burned off. Over time, the unburned ash particles and soot will plug the filter unless the filteris cleaned. Letting Soot and ash build up can lead to you needing a new DPF which can cost anywhere from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand pounds depending on your vehicles make.

The common benefits of regular DPF cleaning are:

  • Improve fuel economy
  • Improve overall engine performance
  • Prevent DPF failure and replacement expenses

Find out how to clean your DPF here.

DPF Blocked? What happens next?

When your DPF filter reaches approximately 45% blockage the filter will begin “active regeneration”. Once the blockage reaches this level, this will usually lead to the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) valve being closed. To begin the “active regeneration” the boost pressure from the turbo is increased slightly along with a slightly higher idle RPM. Diesel is then injected into the cylinders just after combustion so that it enters the Exhaust further heating up the DPF to around 600°c and clearing the soot from the filter.

DPFs tend to need replacement after a certain mileage has elapsed, the rate of which varies between 80,000 and 150,000 miles, dependent on the car make and model, the type of use and whether or not the engine has had regular oil changes with a lubricant that does not contain additives that block the filter. Instead of having a new DPF fitted, it is possible to have it cleaned.

Is it Illegal to remove the DPF?

Removing your car’s diesel particulate filter (DPF) might be tempting because the damage caused by a clogged DPF can result in four-figure repair bills. To meet or exceed European-dictated emissions standards, DPFs have been fitted to most diesel cars for almost a decade and, because they need high temperatures to regenerate, low mileage stop-start motoring can cause them to block. Should a fascia warning lamp be ignored, expensive engine damage can occur.

If a vehicle is fitted with a DPF and is then removed, it is illegal to drive that vehicle on the road. “It is an offence under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations to use a vehicle that has been modified in such a way that it no longer complies with the air pollutant emissions standards it was designed to meet.” Removal of a DPF will almost invariably contravene these requirements, making the vehicle illegal for road use.

Will DPF Removal Result in MOT Failure?

If you have your DPF filter removed or has been removed before you bought the vehicle, it will fail its MOT. There have been cases where people have bought a used diesel vehicle with 12 month’s MOT and failed it’s next MOT because, unbeknown to the new owner, the DPF had been removed.

However, if your vehicle was never originally fitted with a DPF, it will be logged in the VIN code and the MOT inspector will not look for one.

Please note: Milner Off Road are not liable for any damage you may cause to your vehicle(s) by following the instructions above. If you have not performed this procedure on your vehicle before, we highly advise you take your vehicle to a local mechanic.

11 Awesome Modified 4×4’s From Around The World

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Who doesn’t love awesome modified 4×4’s? We most certainly do, and so we’ve put together a list of 11 awesome modified 4×4’s from around the world. Check out how these off-road enthusiasts are upping their 4×4 game.

1. Toyota Land Cruiser 76 Series

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2. Land Rover Defender

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3. Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40

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4. Nissan Navara

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5. Toyota Tundra

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6. Ford F-150

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7. Mitsubishi Pajero

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8. Toyota Tacoma

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9. Nissan Pathfinder

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10. Toyota Hilux

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11. Milner LRM-1

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Of course we had to include our own creation too!

Which one is your favourite? Let us know your thoughts on these modified 4×4’s from around the world in the comments below, and be sure to share some photos of your own awesome 4×4 mods too.

Vehicle Recall Checker – Is Your 4×4 Being Recalled?

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Sometimes when a car is released to the world, something can go overlooked and major problems can arise.

In the event of this happening, a recall usually happens, meaning that the driver has to send their car back to the manufacturer for work.

This has been in the news a fair amount over the last few years, with millions of cars recalled for everything from faulty airbags to electrics causing fires.

If your car has been recalled, it is extremely important to ensure that you return it swiftly so that the work can be done. So, there is a Government recall checker tool that allows users to quickly and easily see if their vehicle is part of an outstanding safety recall simply by entering a few details about their vehicle..

Many drivers are friends and fans of Milner Off Road thanks to the wide range of 4×4 parts that we supply, and therefore we want to ensure that everyone keeps their vehicle running as safely and smoothly as possible.

Click the image below to find out if your car has been recalled.vehicle recall checker

Has your vehicle ever been recalled by the manufacturer? What was it for and was it easy to resolve? Share your story with us in the comments below.

How to Improve Your Vehicle’s Fuel Efficiency Throughout the Winter

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No matter what make or model of vehicle you drive, the conditions throughout the winter will certainly affect the way you drive and the way you care for your set of wheels. As the cold and ice begin to set in, you might make adjustments such as changing your 4×4 tyres to winter-specific ones, or you might just carry on as normal but with the heating seeing much more usage.

Regardless though, the state of the road with its reduced grip and the greater periods of darkness will place more of a strain on your vehicle’s electrical appliances. Being forced to use your heater, fog lights, etc, is estimated to reduce the performance of trucks by around 10%, with cars also being impacted in a similar manner.

To counter this seasonal annoyance, there are luckily a number of ways to reduce the amount of fuel that you’re burning through. For instance, when it comes to setting off on a journey with a vehicle that’s been exposed to the cold, don’t just get in and drive off immediately. If you can wait a few minutes for the internal parts of the engine to heat up and reach a more optimal operating temperature, then you can reduce the strain on it and subsequently the amount of fuel required to get things up and running.

Secondly whilst you might want to drive faster if only to get out of the cold quicker, going as fast as legally allowed isn’t always the best course of action from an efficiency perspective. Whilst it is true that higher gears tend to consume less petrol, going too fast can lead to far more fuel being used than if you drove just a tad slower whilst in transit. The technical aspect of this revolves around the number of revs being produced, and avoiding heavy braking or acceleration will also yield a positive contribution in this regard. That’s not to mention the attention you should pay to speed limits, and even if the signs permit you to do a certain limit, do you really need to do so when there may be hidden dangers present?

Maintenance of your vehicle is another key avenue for exploration and whilst something you should always be on top of, this becomes even more crucial when driving in potentially treacherous conditions. Everything from tyre pressure to dust clogging up your air filters can reduce the performance of various instruments, in turn creating a needless expense on fuel on the driver’s behalf. Whilst different types of vehicle will have their own specific things to watch out for, the common consensus is to pay special attention to the tyres, oil, windows, brakes, interior, and fluids.

Indeed, tyre inflation is a point also worth considering as the pressure to which your tyres are kept impacts mainly on handling, but also on fuel consumption. Estimates are that for every one PSI away from the recommended level, tyres can worsen fuel mileage by .3%.

Fortunately though checking the PSI level of your tyres is easily done via checking the owner’s handbook which should come with the vehicle, or in many cases marked somewhere on the vehicle for easy consultation. Any petrol station will have the facilities to top up with air if needed, at a minimal fee.

Another possible approach for drivers to take is to reduce the weight your vehicle is carrying, and this is a tip for all year round-not just winter. Removing non-essential parts such as excess seats will mean the engine has less weight to propel forward and subsequently requires less fuel to move around. Take care though to not go overboard in this regard as some removable items such as spare tyres are items that are certainly better to have with you, even if they do make you slightly heavier.

If you have the financial capability to do so as well, there are a number of gadgets that can make your life behind the wheel a cheaper and more comfortable experience. Sat Nav’s and other GPS devices are far less costly than they once were, and apps such as Google Maps come completely free with smartphones and can be used to plot the quickest route in real-time. There are a number of other more expensive gizmos that can be purchased to help provide a better breakdown of your driving habits and what you can improve on, but the free options are more than sufficient for most people.

It’s also worth mentioning that no matter how meticulous you might be preparing your vehicle and making all the necessary purchases, there will be occasions when the weather is so bad that driving just simply isn’t worth the risk. There isn’t a product around that can 100% mitigate the dangers posed by ice or blizzards, so unless there is a dire emergency that happens to be occurring, staying at home and not using any fuel at all is likely to be your best bet.

Ultimately though no matter how meticulous you are with the way you drive or how you care for your vehicle, the rigours of nature mean that you will almost certainly spend more on fuel over the coming months than throughout the rest of the year. However, using the above tips you should be able to mitigate your losses and prevent such a vital expense from spiralling out of control and leaving you increasingly out of pocket.

Lastly, whilst making savings here and there is always enjoyable, vehicle ownership carries with it a responsibility to both yourself and fellow road users to maintain it to a level that does not threaten anyone’s safety. Being reluctant to adjust your tyres, for example, increases the odds of even the best driver being undone by a hidden patch of ice, and it only takes a single moment for everything to go wrong. Saving money is less important than safety so minimise some costs where you can, whilst spending on the real essentials that all drivers will require when the cold weather rolls in.

See our wide range of 4×4 parts and accessories at our main website https://www.milneroffroad.com for a great selection of products to help you prepare your 4×4 for winter driving, including snow recovery tracks.

Want more like this? Check out our other post – Winter Driving Safety Tips which features a cool, helpful infographic too.

Watch Out For These Common 4×4 Mistakes

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Common Driving Mistakes Made In 4×4’s

Off-road driving can be a fun and exciting experience provided it is done with the right technique and carried out within certain guidelines. But if these instructions are avoided then it can turn into an expensive adventure. People often tend to take shortcuts, but sometimes those shortcuts and ingrained methods can make your 4×4 life more difficult in the long run.

Here are the five biggest mistakes people make when going for off-road rides:

Not Being Fully Prepared

Off-road adventures require a lot of heads-up and it takes real preparation to tackle the really rough tracks – not just simply rushing out without packing more than a few drinks. Even if you are confident in your abilities and have done it many times before, carrying a basic kit in case of emergencies is always a good idea.

It might also be useful to carry a recovery kit as well, which can help in any condition. The more you prepare yourself, the more you will be able to enjoy your 4×4 ride without being stranded and on a desperate lookout for help.

Over-packing

It is always advisable to carry necessary items such as extra clothes, food, a sufficient amount of water and a lot more. But that doesn’t mean you should bring everything and the kitchen sink just for a quick jaunt.

Make sure your 4×4 isn’t overloaded and is below the legal weight limit that can be supported safely by a vehicle. Bringing every piece of equipment and overdoing it is not required for every trip and may create the risk of losing the vehicle’s balance if you’ve got all your gear loaded on the roof or piled on the back.

Unstable conditions in off-road driving could cause your car to handle differently and put you in an unexpected and possibly dangerous situation. Apart from all the stuff you pack, make sure your recovery gear is the last thing that is being packed so that it can be easily found whenever needed.

See the European adventure packing guide from The Savvy Backpacker for more help on ideas of what to pack.

Going Too Solid

Speed is not always the key to brilliant driving, as you don’t want to go hurtling into a situation from where you can’t get out. Sometimes you need to go slow on the throttle, like when you are on the beach and have to move through ruts that are trying to push your car towards the surf.

The old cliché “slow and steady wins the race” can be literal when it comes to manoeuvring past obstacles, instead of getting stranded and charging in too forcefully. Try to plan your approach, get out and walk ahead of an obstacle rather than just stamping down on the accelerator once you find yourself in a bit of trouble, which will inevitably make it worse.

Selecting Low Quality Gear

It’s important to select quality recovery gear when heading out on an expedition. You should always ensure that you choose high quality essentials such as snatch strap or a winch for whenever you get stuck. It doesn’t mean that you have to buy the most expensive or gold-plated items, but you must ensure that your gear is good quality and in working order.

Spending a little bit more to buy something once would be better rather than skimping on the cost and having to buy it over and over again, especially if it’s going to leave you stranded.

Going Alone

Going on an adventure on your own is not always a good idea unless you have enough experience. If you go on an off-road trip alone and unfortunately get stuck, there might be fewer chances of getting help, especially at places which do not have signals or signboards. This could leave you stranded for some time.

So, make sure you are heading out in groups so that you have a rescue vehicle in case something goes wrong. With a group or team your ability to tackle these situations increases.

Not Knowing Your Car

Before you start your ride and go off-road, you need to know what your vehicle is capable of and what it isn’t. Also, you should check whether your 4×4 has enough storage and seating capacity according so that you and other members can sit comfortably.

Properly assessing the vehicle will give you an idea of any changes that may need to be made.

Not Selecting The Right Driving Mode

Many 4-wheel drive vehicles have multiple terrain modes that should be decided based on the type of track you will be driving on. You have to select the required mode before heading towards the obstacle. Don’t try to ride the vehicle in normal mode and switch to the right mode only when you’re stuck.

Once you get stuck, switching to the correct mode will not get you out instantly. You need to make sure that you select the desired driving mode from the beginning of your journey so that you don’t face any issues.

Tyre Pressure

Tyres are the most important part of your vehicle while off-roading. You need to check air pressure and general 4×4 tyre condition before going on an adventurous ride. If you choose sandy surface for off-roading, make sure you lower your tyre pressure so that the contact area increases and the pressure is distributed over a larger surface area.

To prevent yourself from getting bogged down this step is extremely crucial. Make sure you revert back to the required tyre pressure when you are done with off-roading else it could result in a tyre blow out.

Not Maintaining Momentum

During off-roading, you have to balance your vehicle’s speed from being too slow and having constant momentum because any sudden acceleration could create issues. Possessing adequate momentum will keep things safely moving.

Having stable momentum and gradual throttle input will prevent you from getting stuck in a deep rut and also help you get out of any sticky situations.

See this guide from Lotsa Fresh Air for more tips on driving on dirt roads.

While preparing yourself for any off road adventure, you need to pay keen attention to all of the mistakes listed above, and work to avoid making them. Making the correct checks and avoiding these mistakes will help you a lot when it comes to tackling any obstacles you may face when off roading, and help make your trip enjoyable and memorable.

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Nissan Navara Based SUV On The Way

2018 nissan navara suv

Nissan has spoken recently to the Australian media at the 2017 Tokyo motor show, Ashwani Gupta – the person behind the recently created light commercial vehicle division of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance – has dropped a big hint the new Nissan Navara-based SUV will appear in 2018 at the Beijing motor show in April.

“Nissan is extremely competent on frame-based vehicles, frame-based trucks, and frame-based SUVs, and we are going to cover each and every segment of the frame. Now when? I think you’ll have to wait a little bit longer, please wait a little bit longer to Beijing Motor Show”, Gupta said.

This is no doubt a move from Nissan to combat the ever-growing SUV forecourt. A name hasn’t been revealed for this new SUV as of yet, however, murmurs on the internet suggest it could be called the Nissan X-Terra, joining the Xterra range. and could potentially serve as the replacement for the old Nissan Pathfinder.

We are awaiting more news for this new Nissan to drop and we have reached out to Nissan themselves asking for more information so we can give you – the Milner family more information regarding this vehicle. As you can see from the image below, the new Nissan SUV looks almost identical to the NP300 Navara.

2018 nissan navara suv

What do you think of this new addition to the Nissan family? Please let us know in the comments below.