Best Christmas Gift Ideas For Car Lovers – 4×4 Edition

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Do you enjoy Cliff Richard, Mariah Carey and Paul McCartney on repeat? How about having to plot a minor military operation just to do your food shopping? Or being forced to wear a colourful paper hat whilst eating? If not, it’s probably best that you run for the hills because Christmas and all of it’s glory is on the way.

No doubt one of the biggest stresses of this time of year is choosing gifts. You want to give your loved one’s something that will amaze, impress and inspire them, but that is much easier said than done. Here at Milner Off Road though, we want to help and make sure your festive period runs smoothly and peacefully, so, for those of you out there struggling for gift ideas, here are our top 10 Christmas gift ideas for car lovers, or more specifically, the 4×4 lover in your life.

  • Spare Parts – Off roading is fun, it’s frenetic, and it’s a flaming good time, but it’s not a smooth ride. It pushes your vehicle to the limit, and can cause plenty of bumps, scrapes and damage along the way. Now, one of the most admirable qualities of us 4×4 nuts is our endeavour and never say die attitude…but unfortunately there are just some things that endeavour can’t fix. If you have a relative who goes off roading, do them a favour, air filters, fuel filters, belts, hoses, brake lines and tyres will all be extremely useful at some point soon.

optimistic 4x4 driver

  • Experience Days – For someone who enjoys letting loose and getting muddy, an experience day can be the perfect gift. There are so many options available when it comes to off road experience days, there’s something to cover all levels of experience and all ages, from junior 4×4 driving days, to off roading around the legendary Goodwood, or even driving a tank! There’s something sure to get pulses racing and create amazing memories.

tank driving experience

  • RC 4×4’s – Unfortunately, we can’t be out off roading all of the time due to costs, repairs, and adult responsibilities – but that doesn’t mean we can’t pretend. There are some amazing remote control 4×4 models out there to buy, perfect for your family 4×4 fan so that even when they’re not at the wheel, they can still see their beloved vehicle thrashing around in the mud.
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Photo from Modelsport.co.uk
  • 4×4 Stocking Fillers – Everyone loves a few stocking fillers, and there are plenty out there for off roading enthusiasts to show off the love they have for their vehicle all year long. From shirts to ties, mugs to bags, help your loved one spread the word that they get dirty, and they wouldn’t have it any other way!

4x4 mug

  • Milner Off Road T-shirts – Unwrapping presents, pulling crackers, eating turkey, your loved one can look extremely stylish all Christmas day and all year round with their own Milner Off Road t-shirt. Stylish ensembles available in red, black or white, for just £6.00!

  • Duct Tape, lots of it – A 4×4 drivers best friend, duct tape has been used for some amazing feats of engineering by off roaders across the world. The ingenuity of the driver comes up with the plan, the duct tape makes it happen!buckled wheel duct tape
  • Wellies & Shower Gel – Trust us, they’ll need them both, and you’ll want them to have them too.

muddy 4x4 driver

  • USB Stick – Two gifts in one for the technophile 4×4 driver! A USB stick is a useful gift for anyone, giving them the gift of portable memory for all of their files and folders is one thing, but filling it with awesome 4×4 videos will take it to a whole other level!

So, there you have it, some of the best christmas gift ideas for car lovers, or more specifically, 4×4 enthusiasts. Now, what are you waiting for? Get the orders placed, sit back and relax with a glass of sherry whilst the rest of the population riots over a pair of socks to the sounds of silent night. Merry christmas from everyone at Milner Off Road!

Ps: This is just a small sample of some of the amazing 4×4 related gifts available, so please be sure to get in touch with us and tell us what else is on your list for Santa Claus this year.

4×4 Sand and Snow Recovery Tracks

*New Product Alert*

Milner Off Road are proud to announce a new addition to our product line, sand/snow traction recovery mats. These rubber 4×4 recovery mats are an essential accessory for all off-roaders when tackling snowy, muddy or sandy conditions.

These heavy duty rubber mats, are highly flexible and feature strong metal hinges and deep honeycomb cleats which allow for maximum grip.4x4-sand-and-snow-recovery-tracks

How Do They Work?

To use the rubber recovery tracks effectively, all you have to do is simply place them under, behind and in front of all cars, vans, and 4×4’s tyres, this way you will get maximum traction when trying to get out of a sticky situation.

These are one of, if not the strongest and most durable heavy duty recovery tracks available on the market today, and are an absolute must have for off roading enthusiasts in the winter.

Due to the design of these rubber recovery tracks, they are very easy to use and are extremely hard wearing. When you’re done using them, simply roll them up and leave them in your vehicle for those times in need when you or another vehicle gets stuck.

Specification:

The following dimensions are when the recovery mats are unfolded:

590 x 220 x 25 mm (23.25 x 8.5 x 1 inch

Suitable For:

These recovery mats are suitable for the occasional off-roader, and more dedicated off-roading enthusiasts.

How To Buy Recovery Mats

To order your own recovery mats, simply click here.

*please note, these are only tread plates*

The Best 4×4 SUV For Families | The Ultimate Guide

The Best 4x4 SUV For Families

SUVs are becoming increasingly popular with families all over the world, thanks to their great all round ability. Most SUVs now come with the latest technology available, whilst offering incredible passenger safety. Whether you need a vehicle to haul a large or even small family, transport a lot of luggage or tow a camping trailer for a family holiday, the SUV is now the first choice of vehicle, slowly overtaking the ever faithful hatchback alternative.

With that, we give you this guide we have put together on the best 4×4 for families. This will show you the 10 best SUVs available on the market today, which have the best MPG, which is the safest for your children, which SUV we recommend you buy, and much more.

Top 10 SUVs

  1. Nissan Qashqai
  2. Honda CR-V
  3. Toyota RAV4
  4. Volkswagen Tiguan
  5. Nissan X-Trail
  6. Kia Sorento
  7. Nissan Juke
  8. Mazda CX-3
  9. Fiat 500X
  10. Dacia Duster

 

Nissan Qashqai
Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai is a favourite at Milner Off Road, and it’s just as popular across the country too. This amazing multi-award-winning crossover has been setting the standard in the SUV category ever since it first rolled off the production line back in 2006. The Qashqai is one of the most reliable, practical and comfortable vehicles to drive on the road today. What makes this SUV extra special, is that whilst it is classed as an SUV, it feels no bigger to drive than a normal hatchback.

Order your New Nissan Qashqai Here

See what real Qashqai Owners Have To Say

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V

“Advanced, Slick and Stylish” is the tagline Honda gave their new Honda CR-V, and they couldn’t be more right. The Honda CR-V has been built with quality and refinement in mind, and it really shows. The interior boasts a very upmarket feel, and whilst inside the cabin, you are treated with a sufficient amount of space. The cabin also manages to keep out noise when on the move and like the Qashqai, you get a superb ride.

Order Your New Honda CR-V Here

See What Real CR-V Owners Have To Say

Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is one of the most popular SUVs on the planet today and with good reason. The RAV4 provides enough room for a typically sized family but falls slightly short in that it is not available as a 7 seat option. The Toyota offers excellent reliability, excellent rideability, and provides all the thrills with no spills of a traditional 4×4. The new RAV4 now features a bigger boot than before and a more spacious cabin.

Order Your New RAV4 Here

See What RAV4 Owners Have To Say

Volkswagen Tiguan

volkswagen tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan needs little to no introduction, think of a Golf on steroids. The New Tiguan is bigger than previous models and the 2.0TDI 150 manual model can tow up to 2,500kg (that’s over 2.5 tonnes!). Whilst it is relatively expensive compared to the Honda CR-V you do get a lot more bang for your buck. The interior in the new model is by far one of the most advanced cabins you could possibly be sat in for an SUV which makes everyday life very pleasing.

Order Your New Tiguan Here

See What Tiguan Owners Have To Say

Nissan X-Trail

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The Nissan X-Trail is one of the more spacious SUVs on the market today, with more than enough head and legroom for five adults. The Nissan X-Trail can be ordered with seven seats, but the extra seats are only suited for small children. Ordering this vehicle as a 7 seater also compromises boot space, meaning there may not be enough room for the family dog. Like the other vehicles mentioned, the cabin is a really nice place to be and certainly won’t look out of date in 10 years time.

Order Your New X-Trail Here

See What X-Trail Owners Have To Say

Kia Sorento

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The Kia Sorento is one of the best all-round SUVs available on the market today, thanks to its seven seats, brilliant tech, five-star Euro NCAP ratings and four-wheel drive fitted as standard. Because it’s a KIA, you also get one of the best warranty’s available.

Order Your New Sorento Here

See What Sorento Owners Have To Say

Nissan Juke

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The Nissan Juke paved the way for small SUV success and is one of the most popular SUVs in the United Kingdom. The Juke has been such a hit, and it’s no doubt down to its hatchback-like appeal and a sensible size for a small family. Prices for a new Juke start from just £13,995 making this SUV a real bargain.

Order Your New Juke Here

See What Juke Owners Have To Say

Mazda CX-3

Mazda CX-3

The Mazda CX-3 is no doubt one of the most stylish SUVs available on the market today. Thanks to the Mazda’s impressive cockpit, fun to drive and nature and low running cost the Mazda CX-3 is becoming the preferred choice for many families across the globe.

Order Your New CX-3 Here

See What CX-3 Owners Have To Say

Fiat 500X

Fiat 500X

Fiat is known for their stylish small supermini’s, and the 500X is Fiat’s first attempt in the SUV market. The 500X boasts retro aesthetics with its bold headlights and similar appearances to the Fiat 500. Inside the cabin, you’re introduced to a premium feel, thanks to the high-quality materials used. The 500X also boasts one of the best rides out of all the other SUVs.

Order Your New 500X Here

Dacia Duster

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You can pick a brand new Dacia Duster up for just £9,495, which makes this SUV an absolute bargain. Not only does it feature on this list because of its fantastic price, the Duster has a surprisingly comfortable ride, has very good off-road abilities, and do to the low cost will be relatively cheap to repair, which makes this vehicle very appealing to families.

Order Your New Duster Here

Best SUV Family Car

It wasn’t that long ago when your options when choosing a family car were limited to the likes of the brilliant Volkswagen Golf, or estate cars such as an Audi A4 Avant. Now families have the choice between hatchbacks, estates, SUVs and much more. But which SUV is the best family car?

Since the competition is so fierce now, car manufacturers are always devising new ways of combining, style, comfort, low running costs, build quality, practicality, in-car tech and of course safety into their SUVs, but with all doing a similar job, it can be hard to decide on a so-called “Best Family Car”.

It all comes down to your own needs and preferences, but if you’re aren’t too worried about running costs, the off-road ability and just want a good family vehicle that will get you and your loved ones from A to B safely, then you really can’t go wrong with any of the options above. See below for some more vital statistics and figures to help you make up your mind on the best SUV for your family.

What Is The Most Economical SUV

The most fuel-efficient SUVs can come in all different shapes and sizes, and thanks to modern technology, 4x4s are no longer all gas guzzlers, you can now have the perfect balance of fuel economy and the space you need for you and your family. The table below will show you the MPG statistics for our choice of top 10 SUVs. Our table consists of Urban, Extra Urban and Combined MPG.

 

Vehicle Urban MPG Extra Urban MPG Average MPG
Nissan Qashqai (1.5 dCi Acenta) 67.3 MPG 78.5 MPG 74.3 MPG
Honda CR-V (1.6 i-DTEC SE) 58.9 MPG 65.7 MPG 62.8 MPG
Toyota RAV4 (2.0 D-4D Icon) 49.6 MPG 64.2 MPG 57.6 MPG
Volkswagen Tiguan (2.0TDI 140PS 2WD Match Bluemotion) 45.6 MPG 60.1 MPG 53.3 MPG
Nissan X-Trail (1.6 dCi Acenta) 50.4 MPG 62.8 MPG 57.6 MPG
Kia Sorento (2.2 CRDi KX-2) 38.2 MPG 56.5 MPG 47.9 MPG
Nissan Juke (1.5 DCI Acenta) 61.4 MPG 76.3 MPG 70.6 MPG
Mazda CX-3 (1.5 TD SKYACTIV-D Sport) 64.2 MPG 74.3 MPG 70.6 MPG
Fiat 500X (1.6 Multijet Cross) 60.1 MPG 74.3 MPG 68.9 MPG
Dacia Duster (1.5 dCi Laureate) 49.6 MPG 61.4 MPG 56.5 MPG

So, if it’s the best economy vehicle you’re after, then the 1.5 dCi Acenta Qashqai is the one for you.

Safest SUV For Children

Now, this is arguably the most important part of this post, which SUV is the safest for your children. After all, you would do anything to keep your children safe, so you don’t want a vehicle that will turn into a crisp packet if a crash happens. All of the vehicles safety ratings in the table below are provided by Euro NCAP.

 

Vehicle Adult Occupant Child Occupant Pedestrian Safety Assist Euro NCAP Rating
Nissan Qashqai 88% 83% 69% 79% 5/5
Honda CR-V 93% 74% 68% 66% 5/5
Toyota RAV4 89% 82% 66% 66% 5/5
Volkswagen Tiguan 87% 79% 48% 71% 5/5
Nissan X-Trail 86% 83% 75% 75% 5/5
Kia Sorento 90% 83% 67% 71% 5/5
Nissan Juke 87% 81% 41% 71% 5/5
Mazda CX-3 85% 79% 84% 64% 4/5
Fiat 500X 86% 85% 74% 64% 4/5
Dacia Duster 74% 78% 28% 29% 3/5

 

Quite surprisingly, according to the Euro NCAP, the Fiat 500X is the safest for child passengers, but only scored a 4 out of 5 in the Euro NCAP rating. Each of the cars average scores can be seen below.

Vehicle Average Safety Score
Nissan Qashqai 83.8
Honda CR-V 80.2
Toyota Rav4 80.6
Volkswagen Tiguan 77
Nissan X-Trail 83.8
Kia Sorento 82.2
Nissan Juke 76
Mazda CX-3 78.4
Fiat 500X 77.8
Dacia Duster 53.8

Best Value SUV?

Now we know the economy and the safety stats, we now need to have a look at how much each of these vehicles cost and see which SUV is the best value for money. The prices below are for brand new vehicles and are the starting prices.

Vehicle Price From
Nissan Qashqai £18,545
Honda CR-V £22,775
Toyota Rav4 £23,695
Volkswagen Tiguan £23,005
Nissan X-Trail £21,995
Kia Sorento £28,795
Nissan Juke £13,995
Mazda CX-3 £17,595
Fiat 500X £14,499
Dacia Duster £9,495

 

It might be surprising for most to see the Kia Sorento costing the most, but with the amount of technology it has, the 7-year warranty and the good safety score, then if you have the cash you really can’t go wrong. Is it the SUV we would choose? Keep reading to find out…

Best SUV

4x4s and SUVs are now the biggest sellers in Europe, but which is the best. Again this all comes down to personal preference, depending on what you want from your vehicle. So in this section of the article we will round up what we think is the best all rounder SUV, in terms of power, boot space, price, safety, and most economical.

Vehicle Engine Power Boot Space Price Safety Average MPG Road Tax Number of Seats
Nissan Qashqai (1.5 dCi Acenta) 108 bhp 430 litres £18,545 83.8 74.3 MPG £0 5
Honda CR-V (1.6 i-DTEC SE) 118 bhp 589 litres £22,775 80.2 62.8 MPG £30 5
Toyota RAV4 (2.0 D-4D Icon) 124 bhp 547 litres £23,695 80.6 57.6 MPG £110 5
Volkswagen Tiguan (2.0TDI 140PS 2WD Match Bluemotion) 138 bhp 615 litres £23,005 77 53.3 MPG £130 5
Nissan X-Trail (1.6 dCi Acenta) 128 bhp 550 litres £21,995 83.8 57.6 MPG £110 5
Kia Sorento (2.2 CRDi KX-2) 194 bhp 142 litres £28,795 82.2 47.9 MPG £180 7
Nissan Juke (1.5 DCI Acenta) 108 bhp 352 litres £13,995 76 70.6 MPG £20 5
Mazda CX-3 (1.5 TD SKYACTIV-D Sport) 104 bhp 350 litres £17,595 78.4 70.6 MPG £130 5
Fiat 500X (1.6 Multijet Cross) 120 bhp 350 litres £14,499 77.8 68.9 MPG £20 5
Dacia Duster (1.5 dCi Laureate) 107 bhp 475 litres £9,495 53.8 56.5 MPG £110 5

 

In our eyes, when you put the stats together, we see the Qashqai being the best SUV. This is thanks to its well-respected safety stats, average MPG, £0 a year road tax (depending on the model), good starting price and a large enough boot. However, if you have a large family and need more than just 5 seats you can opt for the Nissan Qashqai+2 or the Kia Sorento.

Which SUV To Buy

As stated before this all comes down to personal preference. But if I were in the market to buy one for me and my family, I would go for the Nissan Qashqai. It offers great luggage capacity, decent starting price, joint best safety ratings, and the £0 road tax is a huge turn on for any motorist. Well done Nissan.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on which SUV is the best and which one you would buy, so let’s get social. Have your say on Facebook and Twitter today.

Father’s Day Gift Guide | For The Off Roader In Him

Father’s Day Gift Guide | 4×4 Edition

Forget the usual socks, ties and underpants for this years Father’s day and give him a gift he truly deserves.

Is your Dad the ultimate off roader? Then this Father’s Day gift guide has you covered.

Treat him to everything from a 4×4 pay and play day, to a brand new Milner T-shirt.

Let’s begin.

  • 4×4 Pay and Play

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Treating your Dad to an off roading play day, is a perfect gift anyone could give. Nothing says I love you more than treating your old man with a pay and play day at a legal off roading venue. How often does your Dad have to ask your Mum if it’s okay to go off roading? Now you can put the power in his hands.

View our list of the best 4×4 off roading destinations in the UK and choose from 15 venues selected by Milner off Road.

  • LED Light Bar

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If your old man loves off roading at night with his mates, then a 4×4 LED light bar could prove to be the perfect gift. Thankfully, here at Milner, we have a wide array of LED light bars available for your Dad’s 4×4.

View our LED light bars.

  • Milner Off Road T-Shirt

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Want to give your Dad something special for Father’s Day? A Milner Off Road T-shirt is just that. Nothing says you’re an off roading enthusiast more than representing the Milner Off Road brand. We have sizes from small to XXL and 3 different types of T-shirts to choose from.

Order your Milner off Road T-Shirt.

  • Tyre Pressure Gauge

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Showing your Dad you care doesn’t always mean you have to spend a fortune. Sometimes it’s the little things that count, such as a tyre pressure gauge. When your Father is out off roading, he needs to know when he needs to air his tyre’s up and down to, making this a perfect Father’s Day gift idea.

Order your Michelin Digital Tyre Pressure Gauge from RAC Shop.

  • Pressure Washers

Karcher-K2-Compact-Pressure-Washer

If your Dad is awesome, which he must be if you’re reading this, then there is no doubt he’s an avid off roader. And when your Dad is an avid off roader, there’s a good chance he likes to get his 4×4 very dirty. That’s why a pressure washer is a must have in his life.

Order the Karcher K2 Compact Pressure Washer from Halfords.

  • Off Road Tyre Repair Kit

4x4-tyre-repair-kit

Every time your Dad goes off roading, there is every possibility he could get a puncture. Repairing a punctured tyre when out on a trail is the only way to limp back home, so treat him to a tyre repair kit that will help him fix his punctured tyre and get home safely.

Arbil offers a Tyre Puncture Repair Kit for just £29.75, order yours here.

  • Car Mats

floor-liner

Your Dad might like to get his 4×4 dirty on the outside, it doesn’t mean he wants to destroy the interior. Car mats will help keep mud and dirt off the carpet on the floor, keeping his interior as clean as possible.

We highly recommend FloorLiner, Digital Fit for car mats tailored to your vehicle. Order yours from Weather Tech.

  • Milner Off Road Car Seat Covers

4x4-seat-covers

The same principle applies for your Dad’s car seats as it does the floor, that’s why he needs to keep his seats protect from mud and dirt too. Car seat covers are a great way of protecting upholstery in a vehicle. Let’s face it, who wants to sit on a dirty chair for hours on end?

View our array of car seat covers here.

  • NOW That’s What I Call Drive

NOW-thats-what-i-call-driving

When out off roading, it’s nice to listen to some music. Give him the NOW That’s What I call Drive album and he will have more than 50 songs to listen to, including classics from Queen, Coldplay and the Killers.

Order NOW That’s What I call Drive from Amazon.

  • How To Drive by Ben Collins

how-to-drive-by-ben-collins

Ben Collins is a professional stunt driver, and was once Top Gear’s the Stig. He is probably one of the best people in the world to teach you how to drive a vehicle, thanks to his credentials. The book teaches you how to drive smoothly, how to read the road, how to stay safe and much more.

Order How To Drive By Ben Collins here.

There you have it, 10 different items your great off roading rather would appreciate.

Have a fantastic Father’s Day, from all at Milner Off Road

10 4×4 Accessories You Must Have

10 4×4 Accessories You Must Have

When you’re out off roading, there’s just certain 4×4 accessories you must have with you, this often includes a flask full of coffee, to a tow strap capable pulling a moon.

After all, there’s nothing worse than being out on a trail with all your friends, and one of them is unprepared for the adventure ahead, even worse, it could be you. This list of 10 4×4 off roading accessories will ensure you aren’t that person.

How much stuff you need will be dependant on the type of four-wheeling you will be participating in, and how often things tend to break on your vehicle. By being prepared, you remove unnecessary hassle and inconvenience for you and your mates.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with coming together as a group to help a friend in need, but when it’s the same person in trouble over and over again, it can become a little annoying.

We have put together this list of 10 must-haves for you to keep in your 4×4 for any off roading excursion.

Safety First

first-aid-kit

Every vehicle in your group should have a first aid kit, preferably one that is water proof, and has all the basic you need. Beware, some of the products in a first aid kit will become out of date over time; it’s a good idea to write the purchase date on the case in permanent marker and replace it when it’s more than two years old.

Order your travel first aid kit here.

Fire Extinguisher

fire-extinguisher-4x4

Your 4×4 should not be without a fire extinguisher. Ensure your fire extinguisher is mounted securely so it doesn’t bounce around, and it should be within easy reach of the driver. If your 4×4 has a rollcage, you can attach it to the cage.

Order your fire extinguisher here

Tow Strap

tow-strap

At some point on your travels, someone will need pulling out of a sticky situation, and that’s where this piece of equipment comes in to its own.

Order your Tow Strap.

4×4 Jack Lift

4x4-jack-lift

It’s inevitable someone will need a tyre change when off roading. However, many people don’t choose a Jack that will actually lift their 4×4 high enough off the ground to change a tyre. That’s why we recommend you purchase the Hi-Lift jack, available from Amazon.

Spare Wheels and Tyres

4x4-tyres

When off roading, a stock-sized spare tyre is pretty useless. You’ll lose ground clearance and the stock tyre will provide little to zero traction. If you don’t have a spare tyre that’s the same spec as the rest of your tyres, you could also risk damaging your differential. You probably have a locker or a limited slip, and running tires that are different diameters can lead to a damaged performance differential. 

Order your 4×4 tyres.

4×4 Tyre Air Compressor

4x4-tyre-air-compressor

One of the most common, yet annoying occurrences of off roading is losing tyre pressure, however with an air compressor, then pain of a flat is somewhat eased. An air compressor will have you back up and running in to time.

Order yours here.

4×4 Tyre Repair Kit

4x4-tyre-repair-kit

As mentioned above, a flat or punctured tyre can be the bain of any off roaders life. If you aren’t in any situation of being able to change a tyre or have already used up your spare, a tyre repair kit can become your best friend.

Order your tyre repair kit from Arbil.

Seat Covers

4x4-seat-covers

When off roading, you’re going to get dirty. If you’re doing it right of course. Make sure your keeping your seats protected with our range of 4×4 universal seat covers.

4×4 LED Light Bars

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When it comes to off roading into the sunset, depending on where you are, standard lights just aren’t going to cut it. Depending on your situation you may not be able to see anymore than 10ft in front of you, making LED light bars an essential accessory for your rig.

LED light bars allow you to see much further in front of you, allowing you to avoid potentially dangerous obstacles. Order your 4×4 LED light bars.

Tools

tool-set

When off roading, make sure you have a set of tools with you. If you’re a seasoned veteran, you will know what’s prone to break on your 4×4, therefore you should know just what tools to take with you. This will more than likely cover everything from screwdrivers, pliers, spanners, and much more.

You can order your tool set from ScrewFix.

Carrying all of the above, will ensure you have a smoother off roading experience, and you will also be able to help others, which off roading in a group is all about. Click here for the ultimate off roading essentials guide.

Have we missed something vital from the list? Have your say in the comments below.

The Ultimate List Of Off Roading Essentials You Must Have

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I think you’ll agree with me that off roading can be one of the best feelings that you can have in your life. There’s nothing better than taking your vehicle out into the great outdoors, overcoming major obstacles with your best friends, and having a big BBQ at the end of the night

However things go wrong on these trips, and there’s nothing worse than when disaster strikes and leaves you stranded with a broken axle or punctured tyre, cold, wet and covered in mud.

Luckily, there are ways in which you can prepare yourself to avoid such accidents, or at the very least prevent a minor hiccup from turning into a full blown catastrophe – and still ensure there’s time to fire up the grill.

In this post, I’m going to provide you with expert knowledge from true off roading enthusiast, giving you the ultimate list of off roading essentials to ensure that you pack when you’re heading off the beaten track. From caring for your vehicle to looking after yourself, it’s all in here.

So, what do you need to take with you? That all depends on where you’re going, what sort of terrain you’re tackling, and how long for. The equipment listed below is a good starting point to go from to cover all bases. We like to organise our essentials in totes with one dedicated to recovery gear, another to camping, cooking,  and so on. Let’s face it the more stuff you have, the better you’re going to look to all of the other off road enthusiasts on your expedition. Even more so when you’re rescuing them from a ditch!

Before you set off, you must check the following pre-departure check list. Without doing so you may not even make it to the end of the road, never mind the great outdoors.

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Engine Oil
  • Brake Fluid
  • Transmission Oil
  • Radiator Coolant
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid
  • Fan Belts
  • Seat Belts
  • Tyre Air Pressure
  • Tyre wear and tear
  • Brake Pads and Shoes
  • Gear Oils
  • Loose Bolts and Nuts

Tools

I can’t emphasize this enough.

When you go off roading, you need a worthwhile tool set with you, even if you’re just going off roading for a day. If you find yourself using the same tools over an over again when making adjustments to your 4×4, then it would be ideal to make sure these are the first things you pack.

  • Air Pressure Gauge
  • Screwdrivers (different sizes)
  • Hammer (Jeremy Clarkson’s favourite tool)
  • Wrenches
  • Test Light
  • Wire Cutters
  • Allen Key
  • Crescent Wrench
  • Vise Grips
  • Pick Tools
  • Funnel
  • Complete socket set
  • Shovel

4×4 Recovery Equipment/Gear

At some point in your expedition, you will either have to save yourself or one of your fellow off roaders, if not, you aren’t going hard enough. Here’s our list of essential 4×4 recovery equipment.

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Tow Strap
  • Duct Tape
  • Electrical Tape
  • Cable Ties
  • Baling Wire
  • Jack
  • Air Compressor
  • Full Size Spare wheel Tire
  • Winch
  • Jump Box/Jumper Cables
  • Ramps
  • Portable Air Pump

Parts

When off roading, there’s a pretty good chance something is going to break on you, that’s why you need spare parts at your disposal. The list below includes all of the essential 4×4 spares you may need. If you’re not an experienced off roader, you could call us on 01629 734411 for further recommendations, or you can ask your off roading buddies.

  • 4×4 LED Light Bars
  • Fan / serpentine Belt
  • Fuel Filter
  • Fuses
  • Tie Rod Ends
  • Tow Bar
  • Tire Repair Kit
  • Extra Lug Nuts
  • Electrical Fuel Pump
  • Spare Universal Joints (spare U-joints for axles and drive shaft)
  • Spare Drive Shaft (for front and rear)

If you are a serious off roader, then the following parts are perfect for the extreme wheeler.

  • Onboard Welding Gear
  • Spare Axles
  • Spare Tie Rod Assemblies
  • Spare Idler Arm

Fluids

When off roading for more than a day or two, there is a good chance you will need to top up your vehicles fluid levels to keep everything running smoothly.

  • Petrol
  • Oil
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Brake Fluid
  • Gear Oil
  • WD-40
  • Starter Fluid
  • Automatic Transmission Fluid
  • Coolant

Camping Essentials

This part of the list is incredibly important.

Being out off roading all day can be extremely tiring, but caught up in the adrenaline of the moment you might not want to get your head down, but it’s vital you do. If you’ve got another big day of driving ahead of you, then you HAVE to be properly rested. Driving when tired is extremely dangerous at all times, and off roading is no different.

If you’re camping on your adventure, you will need the following essentials for your trip.

  • Tent
  • Tarpaulin
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Camp Chair
  • Rope/Ratchet Straps
  • Quick Dry Towel
  • Shovel
  • Axe
  • Saw
  • Fire Lighters (Check the rules on fires beforehand, and always extinguish properly)
  • Pillow
  • Tent Padlocks
  • Air Bed/Camping Bed

Cooking Equipment

When you go off roading, there’s nothing better than sitting round a BBQ with your buddies. However, cooking in the great outdoors isn’t the easiest of things to do, especially if you want something tasty. We recommend you take the following with you.

  • Water Purifier
  • Can Opener
  • Cutting Board
  • Scrubber Sponge
  • Spork
  • Knife
  • Disposal BBQ
  • Washing Up Liquid
  • Cool Box

Camping List For Long Expeditions and Remote Excursions

When going on a long expedition or travelling to remote locations, I recommend that you take the following essentials.

  • Maps
  • Information About The Area You’re Travelling To
  • Compass or GPS
  • Torch
  • Batteries – AA, AAA, C, D and 9V if needed
  • Insect Repellant
  • Lighter and/or matches
  • Firewood
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towel
  • Spare Clothes
  • Folding Camping Chairs
  • Waterproof Clothing
  • Wellingtons
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Snacks
  • Rubbish Bags
  • Hat
  • Ice and Ice Cooler
  • Tent
  • Tarpaulin
  • Water Purification Pills
  • Antibiotics
  • Paracetamol
  • Sleeping Bag

It goes without saying that some of this list is dependant on certain things, eg: you may not need wellies for summer in Spain, and you may not need sunblock for December in Yorkshire On the whole though, by working from the list you are well covered for almost any essential item. This will ensure that you have a fantastic, stress free trip, and create a lot of great memories.

Plus, to avoid any “Oh my god I forgot to pack…” moments, we have created our own Milner off roading essentials checklist which you can download below, print off, hand around your crew, and ensure everyone has everything they need.

Finally, we’re always open to suggestions,  have we missed something? Is there something incredibly inventive you’ve used before? Leave your recommendations in the comments below. Oh, and if you like this blog post, why not share it with your friends. Thank’s for reading, and from all at Milner Off Road, please stay safe, and always remember to stick to designated 4×4 routes, and to clean up after yourselves.

Click Here To Download Your Off Roading Checklist

Nissan Qashqai Parts List

Here at Milner Off Road, we have a huge array of Nissan Qashqai parts and accessories available for great prices. Our list of parts and accessories can be seen below;

nissan-qashqai-parts-list

Qashqai Accessories

  • 12″ LED Spot & Flood Light LN-10-30V/144W
  • LED Flood Light / Work Lamp (Square) LN-DC10-30V 15W
  • LED Light Bar LN-10-30V/120W 25 Inch
  • LED Light Bar LN-10-30V/180W 34 Inch
  • LED Light Bar LN-10-30V/72W 19 Inch
  • LED Light Bar Wiring Kit
  • Ratchet Strap 4 Metre (5000KG)
  • Recovery Tow Strap Kit 4.5 Metre (5000KG)
  • Spotlamp 4 Inch (55WATT)
  • Spotlamp Bulb 100W H3
  • Spotlamp Chrome Effect 6 Inch (55WATT)
  • Tow Ball and Jaw (3.5T)
  • Tow Bar
  • Tow Bar Ball (3.5T)
  • Tow Bar Ball Fixing Bolts
  • Tow Bar Ball Height Adjuster Hitch
  • Tow Bar Electric Adapter 13 PIN – 7 PIN
  • Universal 12V (55WATT) Work Lamp
  • Universal 12V H.I.D (55WATT) Work Lamp
  • Universal Tow Ball and Single Electric Kit 7 PIN (3.5T)
  • Universal Tow Bar Electrics Single 13 PIN
  • Universal Tow Bar Electrics Single 7 PIN

and much more.

Ancillary

  • Fuchs Grease Gun
  • Fuchs Propshaft Grease Tube (TUB) 500 Grams
  • Renolit MP Plus Grease Cartridge (Fuchs Grease Gun Only)
  • Spotlamp LED 6INCH (21 WATT)
  • Spray Waxoyl Black (400ML)
  • Sub Frame Bush Front
  • Sub Frame Bush Rear
  • Velvetone Alloy Wheel Cleaner 500ML Spray
  • Velvetone Glass Cleaner 500ML Spray
  • Velvetone High Gloss Polish 500ML Bottle
  • Velvetone Wash and Wax 500ML Bottle

Axle Front & Rear

  • Axle Front Rear CV Joint Outer
  • Axle Front CV Joint Outer
  • Axle Front Wheel Bearing Assembly
  • Axle Rear Wheel Bearing Assembly
  • Differential Pinion Seal Rear
  • Drive Shaft CV Boot (Each) Upper
  • Drive Shaft CV Boot Polyurethane Outer Front
  • Fuchs Differential Rear Gear Oil Hyp 75W-90 (1 Litre)
  • Fuchs Transaxle Gear Oil Hyp 75W-90 (1 Litre)
  • Locking Wheel Nut Set (4) – Protruding (with washer)
  • Locking Wheel Nut Set (4) – Bevelled Type
  • Wheel Nut (Bevelled)
  • Wheel Nut (Protruding)
  • Wheel Stud Front (Each)
  • Wheel Stud Rear (Each)

Body Electrical

  • Bulb Set
  • Headlamp Bulb (55W) Halogen H7
  • Headlamp Bulb HB2 H4
  • Number Plate Lamp Bulb 5W
  • Side Lamp Bulb Front 5W

Brakes

  • Brake Caliper Fixing Bolt Front
  • Brake Caliper Front L/H (With Slider)
  • Brake Caliper Front R/H (With Slider)
  • Brake Caliper Sliding Pin Rear Lower
  • Brake Caliper Sliding Pin Rear Upper
  • Brake Disc / Rotor Front (295MM) Vented
  • Brake Disc / Rotor Rear (290MM) Non Vented
  • Brake Discs / Pads & Sliding Pins Kit Front
  • Brake Discs / Pads Kit Rear
  • Brake Hose U Clip (Each)
  • Brake Pads Front (4)
  • Brake Pads Rear (4)
  • Fuchs Brake Fluid 500ML
  • Pedal Rubber Brake Manual Transmission

Clutch

  • Clutch Bearing
  • Fuchs Clutch Fluid 500ML
  • Pedal Rubber Clutch

Cooling and Heating

  • Engine Water Pump

Engine / Service Items

  • Engine Air Filter
  • Engine Crankshaft Position Sensor Genuine
  • Engine Fan / Alternator / Air Con Belt
  • Engine Filter / Service Kit
  • Engine Filter / Service Kit +Oil (8 Litre) – £61.00 ex VAT
  • Engine Filter / Service Kit +Oil (8 Litre) – £68.00 ex VAT
  • Engine Filter Kit
  • Engine Filter Kit +Oil – £61.00 ex VAT
  • Engine Filter Kit +Oil – £55.00 ex VAT
  • Engine Fuel Filter
  • Engine Mass Air Flow Sensor MAF
  • Engine Oil Filter
  • Engine Oil Fuchs Titan 5W-30 1Litre Fully Synthetic Pro C3 – £7.00 ex VAT
  • Engine Oil Fuchs Titan 5W-30 1Litre Fully Synthetic Pro C3 – £34.00 ex VAT
  • Engine Sump Plug
  • Pollen Filter (Cabin Filter)

Engine Electrical

  • Battery L/H (70AMP) Counter Collection Only

Exhaust

  • Exhaust Pipe Fixing Bolt Kit (1)

Steering

  • Fuchs Power Steering PAS Fluid Oil Dexron 111 (1 Litre)
  • Steering Track Tie Rod End Inner R/H or L/H
  • Steering Track Tie Rod End Outer L/H
  • Steering Track Tie Rod End Outer R/H

Suspension

  • Suspension Anti Roll Link Front L/H
  • Suspension Anti Roll Link Front R/H
  • Suspension Ball Joint Front Lower R/H or L/H
  • Suspension Wishbone Front Lower L/H
  • Suspension Wishbone Front Lower R/H

Transmission

  • Engine Sump Plug Washer (12MM ID)
  • Fuchs Transfer Box Gear Oil HYP 75W-90 (1 Litre)
  • Fuchs Universal Joint UJ Grease Tube
  • Gearbox Output Seal Rear

You can view all of our Nissan Qashqai parts, by visiting the Milneroffroad.com website.

The Nissan Qashqai To Get Autonomous Technology In 2017

 

Nissan-Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai is to become the first Autonomous vehicle produced by Renault-Nissan, in 2017. Renault-Nissan have already confirmed there is to be 10+ autonomous cars by the year 2020.

The system is to be called ‘Piloted-Drive 1.0’ and will be the first self-driving technology that the giant car company will roll out in a production car. Thanks to the addition of ‘Piloted Drive 1.0’ the Nissan Qashqai will be able to travel autonomously on the single lane of a motorway, including when the car is driving in traffic.

Renault-Nissan has said that, autonomous technology will be “installed on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices”, and in 2018 – they’re set to release a ‘multi-lane control’ system, which will allow vehicles to automatically change lanes and avoid hazards when driving autonomously whilst on the motorway. It doesn’t end there, in 2020, a new function will arrive called ‘Intersection Autonomy’ which will allow vehicles to navigate junctions and heavy traffic in urban areas.

The first Qashqai’s equipped with ‘Piloted Drive 1.0’ will go on sale this year in Japan, with the technology set to be showcased in Europe with a demonstration. The autonomous technology will be at the option of the driver, who will be able to take back control at any time.

The chairman of Nissan Europe, Paul Wilcox has said “The introduction of Piloted Drive technologies will be an evolution not a revolution as the building blocks for this are already in place in many of our cars today through our Safety Shield Technology.

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How Does 4×4 Work

Because cars have evolved to become very complicated beings, there are many different ways cars now work. You have cars ranging from 8 seats to 1, being powered by petrol, diesel, LPG, electric and so on. But one of the questions we hear the most is, how does 4×4 work? There are a whole range of different four-wheel-drive systems out there,  and this is because every manufacturer wants to be unique and come up with the very best 4wd system.

Firstly, What Does 4×4 Mean?

4×4 is a term used when a manufacturer labels their car as 4 wheel drive. 4×4 – not to be confused with AWD (which we will come to later) – is a part-time system that is designed to be used in low traction conditions, such as off-road, snow and ice. But, how does 4×4 work? We refer to this system as 4×4 because it simply means all four wheels have power sent to them. For example, many not so powerful hatchbacks with around 100bhp will be given a 2wd system (front 2 wheels get all the power) meaning each wheel has 50bhp to deal with – where as if the same car had the same power but had 4 wheel drive, the wheels would only have to deal with 25bhp each, meaning less chance of wheel spin, and more chance of better grip.

The common layout for most road cars include an engine that is mounted in the front of the car, designed to power just the front wheels. The engine’s power will then be sent through the gearbox and onto the differential. Torque is applied to the differential and is sent along two drive shafts, which are joined to each wheel, causing them to rate in the direction you’re travelling.

All wheel drive systems are a little different, in AWD vehicles the power is sent through the gearbox to a centre differential. This then splits the power to the front and back axles where it meets differentials at the front and rear. These differentials distribute power between the rear wheels as well as the front wheels, equalling all wheel drive.

Difference Between 4 Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive

4 wheel drive and all wheel drive might sound the same, but there are slight differences for example;

AWD cars – All wheel drive cars have constant power going to all wheels at all times.
4WD cars – 4 wheel drive systems have a temporary system that operates as two-wheel drive until a loss of traction is detected. The computers on board will detect the loss of traction and send power to all wheels to regain the loss of traction.

Different types of all-wheel drive

All wheel drive cars permanently send power to all four wheels, while four wheel drive vehicles only power all four wheels on occasion. An example of a 4WD car is the Skoda Yeti, while the Land Rover Defender is a typical all-wheel-drive car.

AWD cars tend to be for more specialised uses – for example – having all four wheels being powered at the same time is perfect for the avid off roader, this is because when you’re off roading you can’t be sure which wheels are going to be able to get any grip, meaning an AWD system will force all four wheels to spin, so you’re more than likely to get yourself out of an inevitable rut.

It is worth mentioning that many AWD cars this day in age, allow the drive to switch between two- and all-wheel drive – typically using another controller next to the gear stick.

Why Isn’t Every Car Four-Wheel Drive?

2 reasons: cost and efficiency. When a car is 4WD it will have extra drive shafts, differentials and electrical systems to keep everything under control – which adds more weight, while the losses through rotating these extra masses makes the vehicle less efficient, burning more fuel.