So, you think you know how to off-road? Take the test now, and don’t forget to share your results with your friends!
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So, you think you know how to off-road? Take the test now, and don’t forget to share your results with your friends!
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More than just a Bed Liner: U-POL Raptor Truck Bed Liner Spray makes an excellent sound deadener under or inside vehicles. Waterproof material stays flexible and reduces road noise and vibration plus looks great.
It can be used over a multitude of surfaces and tintable RAPTOR can be tinted to any color of your choice, with the ability to create both smooth and textured finishes. RAPTOR is used for 4×4, automotive restoration, off-road, marine, agricultural machinery and general industry.
A 2-component urethane system designed for application directly to most original manufacturers’ paint finishes or any self-etching primer surface. Dries rapidly and protects against rust corrosion UV damage and extreme temperatures while resisting stains and abrasion.
Provides tough mechanical damage and stain resistant surface.
Protects against rust, corrosion and extreme temperatures.
Delivers the highest level of fade protection.
Provides a water tight seal, keeping moisture out and eliminating the chance for rust.
Flexible and reduces noise and vibrations.
Resistant against fuels, hydraulic oils, animal urine, salt water and more.
Easy as Fill-Shake-Shoot.
No spray booth required.
Can be applied with excellent adhesion across many substrates.
Can be applied with Schutz Gun, HVLP gun, roller or brush.
(The higher the pressure the smoother the finished texture will be.)
Cleaning your vehicles diesel system no longer has to cost you a fortune and a trip to your local garage. Find out How To Use Tec4 Diesel System Cleaner below.
If you’ve never cleaned your diesel system before, it can be quite daunting.
That’s why we have put this blog post together, showing you how to change the oil and clean your vehicles diesel system.
Cleaning your diesel system & changing your oil is much simpler than many think.
Follow the steps below for a successful oil change. There are 5 key stages to changing your vehicle’s oil
**Please make sure you dispose of your old oil responsibly, not sure where to take it? Here is a handy link, just enter your postcode: Where To Take Old Oil <—
All you need to do here is add the 400ml bottle of Diesel System Cleaner to the contents of the fuel tank. Simple.
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.
Shop Nissan Qashqai Parts[/button]Own a Nissan Qashqai and need to reset your service light? If yes, you’re in the right place – Milner Off Road has got you covered.
In this post, we will provide you with a detailed step-by-step guide on how you can reset your service light in just a matter of seconds.
This should turn off your service indicator.
Or you can watch the video below by Christopher Thomas.
Please note, we only advise you do this after your Nissan Qashqai has been for a service.
If you have had your Nissan Qashqai serviced, then you shouldn’t need to reset your Nissan Qashqai service indicator.
However, even after you’ve had your Qashqai serviced, sometimes the light won’t always go off, often leaving you confused and debating whether or not the people you paid to service your vehicle, have actually done anything.
Well, sometimes the light can take a couple of attempts to turn it off.
So, if you’ve had your Qashqai serviced, and the light hasn’t turned off, simply follow the guide above.
We recommend you give your Nissan Qashqai a full service every 12,000 miles or every 12 months – whichever comes first.
Why do we recommend giving your vehicle a full service every year?
A full service every year helps reduce the risk of your vehicle breaking down and can help maintain the value of your car.
Servicing your car regularly can also save you money at the petrol station. New air and oil filters ensure a smoother running engine – therefore giving you a more fuel-efficient vehicle.
Find a reputable garage to have your Qashqai serviced today, here – https://www.nissan-aftersales.co.uk/services/book-a-serviceShop Nissan Qashqai Parts
As some of you may be new to off roading and driving a 4×4 in general, we have put together this list of 4×4 driving tips to help get you started. We have also listed some essentials to take with you when off-roading at the bottom of the page.
4×4 enthusiasts all over the world know there are few better ways of having adrenaline packed and fun times than when you’re out off roading, this is also down to the fact that 4×4’s can take you most places other vehicles can’t. So, let’s see what types of terrain you can come up against and how you should take them on.
Trail off roading. Mainly consisting of Gravel, grass and dry dirt. This is one of the simplest and safest types of off roading and is a good choice for beginners getting used to off roading. It is also a great way of testing your 4×4’s new parts or setup to see how your vehicle handles when it’is taken off of the British roads. We must stress, if you are a beginner please don’t attempt any steep climbs, unless your vehicle has been properly prepared, or you are off roading with an expert.
Sand driving. There aren’t too many places to do this legally in the UK, so please make sure you find somewhere that is legal and safe otherwise you could get in some serious trouble. Getting traction is always one of the main difficulties when driving on sand, so one of the first things you need to do is deflate your tyres to around 15-20psi. The reason for doing this is to allow the tyres to spread more and cover more surface area, this will allow for more grip. Once you get going, make sure you don’t stop. Momentum is key when driving on loose terrain, so make sure if you only stop if you have to.
Mud! Mud, can be one of the most frustrating terrains to drive on when you get stuck (which you will) the thing people do the most, is hit the loud pedal and just spin the wheels, and in most cases get themselves in more trouble. One way to prevent getting stuck in the mud is to keep moving, and if you feel like you’re beginning to get stuck, turn your wheel left and right and see where the grip is. If you do get stuck, try rocking your 4×4 back and forth, until you get enough momentum to get yourself out. Unfortunately, as many of you know this doesn’t always work, so you might have to get your friends to tow you out – all part of the fun.
Understanding the basics of off-roading.
How to overcome obstacles
How to select the correct gear
|Conditions||Gear To Use|
|Sand||3rd, 4th or 5th gear is often best on sandy tracks in low range.|
|Rocky Terrain||Low range 1st gear is often best when off-roading on rocky terrain.|
|Soft Terrain||When off-roading on soft terrain, low range 2nd or 3rd gear is best.|
|Climbing Obstacles||When climbing obstacles such as slopes, use the highest practical gear.|
|Descending Obstacles||When descending obstacles such as slopes, it’s often best to use low range 1st gear.|
|Icy Terrain||When driving on icy terrain such as snow and ice, use the highest gear possible.|
|Wading||When you’re wading, use low range 2nd gear for best results.|
This is a rule of thumb and may depend on your vehicle.
Below, we have listed some essentials you must have when going out on an off-road adventure;
A tow bar for your car is one of the most essential accessories you could ever attach to your vehicle.
When it comes to off-roading or towing a caravan a tow bar can be extremely useful. However, when it comes to buying a towbar for your vehicle there are many different types available, from detachable swan neck towbars to the fixed flange ball tow bar. But, which do you choose? Use this handy guide to help you, and view our range of tow bar accessories here.
This is a question we get quite often here at Milner off Road.
A tow bar (tow hitch) is a device you attach to the chassis of your vehicle, allowing you to tow other vehicles, trailers, caravans, horseboxes and so on.
When it comes to buying a towbar for your vehicle, there are many things you need to bear in mind, such as knowing the make, model, year of your vehicle, and your driver’s licence.
You also need to know where the tow points are located on your car (usually found in your cars owners manual). Once you have all this information, you need to know the different types of tow bars available to buy.
Towbars come in various types and have several uses, Tow bars can be used to tow a non-functioning vehicle to a mechanic or back home. The most popular tow bars in the UK and Europe can be seen below. There are other tow bars not mentioned in the list below.
Car-Mounted Tow Bars
Car-mounted tow bars used to be the motoring industry standard for a long time. Car-mounted tow bars were the first self-aligning, foldable bars, and the majority of them have a quick release system making them easy and fast to setup.
Rigid Tow Bars
Also known as A-frame tow bars because of their triangular shape, are a removable, welded, inexpensive, lightweight and solid tow bar solution. Rigid tow bars are a good option if the use is not for more than a few times a year. This is because this type of tow hitch is hard for the driver to align the vehicle properly for towing as it is supposed to be at a precise location.
Flange Ball Tow Bars
The flange ball tow bar is an inexpensive tow bar that can function with ease with most tow bar accessories. This type of towbar has a tow ball mounted on a tow bar and is attached to the towing vehicle with bolts.
Self-Aligning Tow Bars
Just like rigid tow bars, self-aligning tow bars require manual hooking up, but as they are self-aligning they easily adjust to the position of the vehicle. These tow bars are a good option for frequent towing connection, disconnection, and reconnection.
Please note that not all styles of towbar are available for every vehicle. Visit our online shop to select your vehicle to see tow bars available.
We often get asked here at Milner Off Road how much weight a specific vehicle can tow?
Knowing how much your vehicle can tow is essential for your vehicle, safety, and for legal and insurance purposes.
How Much Can My Vehicle Tow?
To find out how much your car can tow, locate your owner’s handbook or go to your cars manufacturers website, however, only take these as a guide.
To know your vehicles true towing capacity, locate your vehicles VIN Plate (Vehicle Identification Number Plate) which will have the exact towing capacity figure stamped on it.
Your VIN Plate can often be found under the bonnet or on a door pillar of your vehicle. The location of your VIN Plate will be in your owners manual.
Once you have located your VIN Plate, you will see either 3 or 4 sets of weight, these numbers determine to authorities whether your vehicle is over-laden. See the example image below.
As you can see from the example above, this VIN Plate has 4 lines of numbers.
Top Line – 2505kg = Gross vehicle weight – the maximum allowable mass (MAM) of the vehicle including occupants, fuel and payload.
Second Line – 4200kg = Gross train weight – the combined maximum allowable mass of your vehicle and trailer.
The Bottom Two Lines – 1250kg & 1350kg = Maximum axle loads front and rear respectively.
To figure out the manufacturer’s recommended maximum towing capacity for your vehicle. You have to subtract the gross vehicle weight from the gross train weight. In this example, it will be
4200kg – 2505kg = 1695kg maximum towing capacity.
There are many uses for a tow bar. Some of the most common tow bar uses are to tow caravans, boats, trailers, and other cars. A good tow bar is an extremely versatile tool to have.
On the 1st August 1998, the European Union set laws requiring all car tow bars and tow hitches to meet standards set in their 94/20/EC directive.
This directive states the ISO standard tow ball must have a 50-millimetre (5-centimetre) diameter and complies with the BS AU 113b standard. These are the same standards that exist throughout the world, with the exception of North America.
There are two categories of ISO tow balls within this standard.
The swan-neck has an extended neck which fits into the tow bracket and is a removable device. The swan-neck eliminates the inconvenience of a tow ball which protrudes from the rear of the vehicle when not in use.
This directive leads to manufacturers developing retractable two balls which can be stored underneath the vehicle when it is not in use.
If your car was first used before 1 August 1998, your tow bar doesn’t need to be type-approved.
As long as you comply with the rules and regulations set in place to maintain safety standards, it is perfectly legal to tow trailers, caravans, vehicles, horse boxes and so on in the UK. When it comes to buying your tow bar, there are several checks to make regarding your vehicle, the tow bar, and your own driving license.
Tow Bar Design
When purchasing your tow bar, you must make sure your potential tow bar complies with EU regulations.
If you choose to use a tow bar which is not designed to meet with EU regulations, then you could a face a fine and may even render your insurance invalid in the event of an accident.
You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for using a vehicle in a dangerous condition.
When towing, if your mirror visibility is blocked by your trailer or caravan, this puts both you and other road users in danger. Therefore, it is illegal to drive without proper towing mirrors when towing on British roads.
You can be fined up to £1,000 and get 3 penalty points for towing without proper towing mirrors.
Brakes – Trailer or Caravan
When towing your trailer or caravan, it must have a working braking system if it weighs over 750kg when it’s loaded.
All brake systems on trailers and caravans must be fully functional.
When towing a trailer or caravan, you must use a breakaway cable or secondary coupling in case the trailer becomes detached from your vehicle.
When towing, you must display the same number plate on your trailer as on your towing vehicle.
If you’re towing more than one trailer at a time, fix the number plate to the trailer at the back.
The maximum width for any trailer or caravan that is being towed in the UK is 2.55 metres.
The maximum length for a trailer is 7 metres.
If you purchase a trailer larger than 7 metres – and tow it using your vehicle – you will be liable for any fines or punishments incurred.
Always check the length of your trailer before purchasing.
In the UK, any driver who wishes to tow a vehicle must hold a full and valid driving license (Learners are not permitted to drive vehicles towing trailers or caravans).
There are three different classes of driving licenses which will affect your eligibility to tow a trailer or caravan.
If your driving licence has been issued after 19th January 2013 and is for category b vehicles only, you will only be able to tow small trailers which weigh less than 750 kilogrammes as long as the total weights of the trailer and the vehicle used to tow do not exceed 3,500 kilogrammes.
If you acquired your driving license between 1st January 1997 and 19th January 2013 you are legally able to drive a towing vehicle weighing 3,500 kilogrammes towing a trailer of up to 750 kilogrammes. You must also tow a trailer weighing more than 750 kilogrammes if the towing vehicle and trailer combined don’t exceed 3,500 kilogrammes.
If you acquired your driving license before 1st January 1997, you may be permitted to drive towing vehicles with a combined weight of vehicle and trailer of up to 8.25 tonnes.
If you gained your drivers license after the 19th January 2013 you have to pass the car and trailer driving test if you want to tow anything heavier.
Milner Off Road Disclaimer
The information in this guide is intended as a guide. It is as accurate at the time of publication as the editor is able to make it. Neither the Editor nor Milner Off Road nor any other person or company associated with the production of this guide accepts any responsibility for any inaccuracies which may be in the text.
It is the responsibility of any person wishing to depend on the facts contained in the Milner Off Road’s website to check for themselves with original documentation or any updating regulations, instruments or changes in the law.
Without doubt, car insurance is one of the biggest costs any motorist will ever face.
Initial premiums can financially cripple new drivers, and although it tends to drop with age, we all still usually recoil in horror when we see that yearly renewal figure.
This leaves millions of motorists all across the country asking the same question.
There are a wide range of reasons why your car insurance may be higher than you would think reasonable.
If you’re young or a new driver, then it’s likely due to inexperience – insurance companies think you’re more likely to crash, and therefore demand higher prices.
Meanwhile, more experienced drivers can see premiums rise for a wide range of reasons, including changing car, and general price rises from increased numbers on the road.
Unfortunately, this is only going to get worse too.
A recent Government ruling means that from 20th March 2017, the average insurance premium is set to rise by around £75 for all drivers. This is to cover the increasing amounts paid out to those who are injured in road incidents.
This is expected to hit 36 million UK motorists, with under 22’s facing the worst potential damage, with premium rises of as much as £1,000.
As much as many loathe to pay it, it has to be said though that car insurance is incredibly useful – and also a requirement of UK law, and therefore has to be paid for.
That doesn’t mean that you have to pay through the nose every year, though – there are ways to bring the costs down.
Using our own experiences, and those of others we have spoken to, we have compiled a collection of simple ways that you can significantly reduce the cost of your next insurance premium for your car or 4×4.
Read on to find out more.
Car insurance companies ask for so many details – from what car you have to how far you drive it and where you’re going to park it – that you may not realise the importance of some of the “lesser” fields on the form, and occupation is one of these.
The truth is, though, that “Occupation” can impact your premium by up to £100.
A study by Go Compare showed that those who chose “Chef” as their occupation saw their costs soar by £98 compared to those who instead chose “Kitchen Staff”.
The same is true for music teachers, who pay £86 more than regular teachers, and this is consistent throughout a range of different job titles.
Next time you’re browsing car insurance quotes, take your time to look through all of the occupations listed and see if there are multiple that could be applied to what it is that you do. You may be shocked by the variation in prices that you find.
Please note, it classes as fraud if you outright lie about your occupation on an insurance form, so please do not put Builder if you’re a Doctor or anything along those lines.
Understandably, not everyone can afford to pay for their insurance up front, however, if you can then it is definitely recommended.
By paying the whole amount for the year, rather than breaking it down to monthly payments, you remove the need to pay interest on each instalment.
This could save up to £62 per premium according to a study by Money Supermarket.
You may think that the idea of haggling with a salesperson from a multi-million-pound company may sound crazy, but it can actually work.
Just because your insurance company has sent you a certain figure in your renewal, this doesn’t mean that this is the price that you have to pay.
Do a little bit of research on price comparison websites, find some cheaper quotes, and give your existing provider a call.
Once they hear that you’ve considering joining a competitor for less, you’ll be surprised at the amount of “Loyalty discounts” they can offer you to match the price.
We’ve all had success with this in the past, but even if it doesn’t work, simply cancel with them and go for the cheaper quote that you have found.
On average, a quick phone call to your provider can save you as much as £113 compared to the automatic renewal price.
Car insurance is all about protecting yourself from an accident or theft, so if you can provide to insurance companies that you’re a low-risk customer, then you’ll be rewarded with cheaper premiums.
Generally, the more secure you can make things sound the better.
For example, fitting an approved alarm, immobiliser, and tracker to your vehicle will reduce the amount that you have to pay – and also reduce the risk of your vehicle being stolen, win win!
Similarly, parking on driveways at night time and in secure, private car parks in the day will also have a positive effect as opposed to parking on the street or in public spaces.
The voluntary excess on an insurance policy is the amount you’re willing to personally pay towards damage in the case of an accident. This is usually on top of a mandatory amount that the insurer will specify.
The more that you say that you’re willing to pay towards an accident, the less that the insurer has to pay, and the less risk they face.
Generally, this means that they will reduce your overall premium, as they have less to lose should you end up in a crash.
Of course, though, only raise your voluntary excess to a level that you can afford, and always take into account the value of your vehicle. If your excess is high and your vehicle isn’t worth much, you could end up paying for all of the damage yourself
When retrieving car insurance quotes, especially on comparison websites, most people simply focus on just a few aspects of the page.
Insurer, premium, excess.
But there’s much more that you should be taking notice of if you want to get the best deal.
The list of different policies that you get served with will include a range of different extras and add-ons, all of which can affect the price that you pay.
These policy extras include breakdown cover, windscreen cover, contents cover, driving abroad, courtesy car and much more.
These may all sound like great things to have, but consider this, how many of them do you need?
Do you have breakdown cover already? Do you have any contents in your car worth covering? Do you plan on driving abroad within the next year?
Ask yourself how many, if any, of the included extras you need from your policy, and then remove the ones you don’t need. This can go a long way to cutting a significant chunk off of your premium.
One of the most popular and well-known methods people tend to use to bring down their car insurance premium is to add extra named drivers.
But what exactly are the rules on this? and does it work?
Well, it is a completely acceptable practice to add extra drivers to your policy, so long as you are completely honest about the role of each driver.
Claiming that someone else is the main driver of a car, and then adding the true owner as a named driver is a crime and can get you in real trouble.
As far as saving money goes, this tactic used to work a treat, however, it is questionable whether it still has the same effect.
A member of our team was told over the phone by a customer service adviser at a major insurance provider that this method no longer works, and we have seen occasions ourselves where named drivers have had to be removed from policies they were on to bring the price down.
It may still work for some, but we would definitely recommend checking how it affects things by getting a fresh quote with your named drivers removed – especially if they never drive the vehicle.
So, there are our top 6 simple tips on how to make car insurance cheaper.
We hope that you get some user out of them and can cut a good few hundred quid from your price next time renewal rolls around.
Do you have any tips and methods of your own that you use to bring the insurance down for your car or 4×4? Please share it with us on social media or in the comments below and lets save everyone a bit of money!
It seems that the EU is never out of the news lately, and whilst the UK will soon be leaving the Union, we will always have a shared bond with the continent. A love of all things automotive.
Cars seem to be a universal language. We all have our opinions on then. We all have the vehicles we love, and those which we loath so much that being stuck behind one on the M25 causes unbridled waves of rage.
Just how popular and commonplace are your opinions though? Do the Germans agree with your disdain for the Honda CR-V? Do the Italians share your love for the Mazda Pickup?
We’ve done a little bit of research here at Milner Off Road and compiled the complete list of the most popular cars in the EU for you to digest.
See below for the full list, and find out what people in the UK love to drive, how that compares to the continent, and which 2 countries have one of our favourite 4×4’s as their most popular vehicle.
So, which EU nation has the best motoring tastes? Are you from one of the countries listed? Are you proud of your native motoring choices, or ashamed of what your fellow countrymen and women are driving? Let us know in the comments below.
Nissan has been urged to recall their Navara’s after it emerges that a major fault in the vehicles could see them snap in half.
Navara owners – many of whom are part of the Milner family – have found their vehicles have severe rust issues which can cause cracks in the chassis.
Nissan – one of the world’s largest car manufacturers – has already bought back Navara’s from owners following inspections, but as of yet, no official recall of the D40 model has been made.
At the moment, the same issue is said to also effect some Nissan Pathfinder R51s – also known as the seven-seater family car of the popular Navara.
Nissan is said to have known about the problem for a year and has been keeping it “under wraps”.
The rust problem affects Nissan Navara D40s manufactured in Spain between 2005 to 2008.
However, some drivers of newer Navara’s say they have also been affected.
Huw Merriman, a Tory MP, plans to raise this issue at The Transport Select Committee on Monday.
Huw has had the following to say: ‘To reassure the public, Nissan would be well advised to recall all affected vehicles.’
‘If, as they say, there are only a small amount impacted then it shouldn’t be a costly exercise in ensuring that these vehicles really are safe to be on the road.’
Attwood Solicitors are working on behalf of hundreds of owners in the UK.
According to the law firm, up to 35,000 Navaras are affected in the UK and 193,500 worldwide – Nissan ‘strongly disputes’ these figures.
Nissan has stated they were aware of the issue in a “relatively small number” of D40 Navaras and has put measures in place to “quickly resolve the concerns of any customers”.
‘Nissan is backing customers even though the affected vehicles are up to 12 years old.’
‘Depending on the age of the vehicle, these measures include a free and independent inspection of the vehicle where appropriate on older vehicles, if that inspection shows there’s an issue, we’ll do the right thing by the customer under our warranty and customer service policies.’
Nissan is offering a free inspection of their vehicles if drivers are concerned.
Richy Holmes set up the online group after his Navara broke with his pregnant wife and daughter inside as it was towing a caravan.
The 50-year-old mechanic, told the Sun: “I was only going a few miles an hour. I dread to think what could’ve happened if I’d been going faster.”
More than 15,000 Navara owners have joined a Facebook group urging Nissan to take action after motorists found rust around their chassis, which can cause it to crack and break.
We recommend any concerned Navara owners to telephone Nissan on 0330 123 1231.
Please share this post with anyone you know who may be affected by this issue.