Nissan Qashqai Officially The UK’s Best Selling Family Car

Nissan-qashqaiFor the first time ever in Britain, the most popular family car is a crossover – according to new industry figures. For at least the past 5 years, the best selling family car’s have either been a Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, or the Vauxhall Astra – which are all hatchbacks – however, last month the 3 cars mentioned were all beaten by the Nissan Qashqai, not surprising as the Qashqai has a wide array of perks for families in Britain. The society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders confirmed that it’s the first time a crossover has outsold every other family car.

4,839 Qashqais were registered in January with the next most popular family car, the Focus, recording 4,285 registrations. This is an improvement of 2,731 compared to January of 2011 for the Qashqai. The Nissan Qashqai is even starting to rival the UK’s most popular supermini – the Ford Fiesta.

Data released by Jato Dynamics, which analyses the motor industry, showed SUVs and Crossovers were the most popular type of vehicle sold in Europe last year.

If you have a Nissan Qashqai and are in need for some new, reliable Nissan Qashqai parts, then please don’t hesitate to visit our website or give us a call today on +441629 734411.

New Universal Parts Section

Milner Off Road are proud to announce a brand new section of our website called “Universal Parts”.

The new Universal Parts category will feature parts that are available for pretty much every 4×4 on the planet. This will include the following array of products and accessories:

  • Car Cleaning Products
  • Car Oil
  • Gifts & Merchandise
  • LED Light Bars
  • Seat Covers
  • Spot Lamps & Lights
  • Towing Accessories
  • Work Lamps

We feel this is just one of the very few steps needed to make the website better, and easier for you 4×4 enthusiasts to use.

Tell us what you think about the new Universal Parts category on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We look forward to hearing from you.

How To Replace Nissan Qashqai Brake Pads

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How To Replace Nissan Qashqai Brake Pads.

Before we begin, there are a few things you need before you can replace the Nissan Qashqai brake pads, and they are;

  • Front Wheel Nut – 21mm
  • Brake Caliper Bolt – 14mm
  • Nissan Qashqai front brake pads or rear brake pads

Now that you have located the parts you need, you will need to remove your wheel using the wheel nut. Once you have removed your wheel, the brake disk and caliper will now be exposed and will look like this;

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Now you have the brake disks and calipers exposed, you will now need to use your brake caliper bolt and loosen and remove the bolt at the bottom of the caliper (make sure you only remove the bottom bolt, YouTube video below will help). Once you have loosened the bolt, you will be able to lift the caliper up, exposing the brake pads. Now, simply remove your old brake pads.

Before you put your new brake pads on, remove the cap from the brake fluid reservoir. The reason for doing this is because when you push the pistons back, it will cause the brake fluid to rise up. The reason you need to push the pistons in the brake calipers back is to make room for the new brake pads to fit.

Now you have pushed the pistons back, make sure you remove any brake bust that maybe on your brakes. Dust is the main cause of brake squeak and can also make brakes stick.

Apply copper grease to your new brake pads, this will prevent brake squeel and other noises.

You are now ready to fit your brake pads to your Nissan Qashqai. Simply fit the new ones where the old ones used to be.

Now you have fitted your new brake pads, simply pull the caliper back down covering the brake pads – tighten the bolt back onto the brake caliper with the 14mm brake caliper bolt.

You have now successfully fitted your new brake pads. Simply put your tyre back on and you’re good to go!

For all you visual learners, simply follow the video below;

You can buy front discs and front pads for Nissan Qashqai, along with rear Nissan Qashqai brake pads, sets, and other Nissan Qashqai parts from our website.

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(Make sure you test your brakes and ease them in gradually before travelling long distances, going off-roading, and braking sharply. Stay safe!)

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.

4×4 LED Light Bars

4×4 LED light bars are fast becoming the must have essential for all 4×4 owners across the world. They’re seen as the most effective lighting solution for any 4×4. LED lights are revolutionising the lighting industry thanks to their outstanding energy efficiency, intense bright light and brilliant lifespan, when compared to a normal incandescent bulb. All of the LED lights we have at Milner Off Road offer incredible visibility. See the images below to see and off road light bar in action.

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To order your 4×4 LED Light bar from Milner, simply give us a call today on +44 (0)1629 734 411. Prices on all of our LED light bars start from just £48 + VAT.

Winter Driving Tips

Driving in winter can put even the best drivers to the test.

Driving in winter conditions such as snow & ice should be treated with respect. All types of vehicles can get stuck in the winter conditions even on familiar roads to the driver, leading to delay in traffic and potentially accidents.

Below is our advice on how to prepare your vehicle before you leave your home in winter.

Battery

Checking your battery before winter comes round is vital. This is because of batteries very rarely last longer than five years, and thanks to winter, a higher demand is put on them with lights, wipers, and heating being turned on for longer than before. If you don’t travel far or often, it will be worth carrying out a trickle charge overnight.

Engine

Whilst modern engines are more robust and can handle the winter conditions better than old engines, it’s still worth taking as much stress off the engine when starting up. To do this, depress the clutch when starting the vehicle, this will reduce drag on the engine when starting it up, also preserving the battery.

Tyres

When it comes to the winter month’s, it’s worth considering having winter tyres added to your vehicle. Winter tyres are designed to grip to roads better in wet, snowy and icy conditions. If you don’t have the money or don’t want winter tyres, then ensure your current tyres are inflated correctly and have at least 3mm of tread on your tyres.

Screenwash

Ensure you keep your screenwash full to the brim. Your windscreen is more prone to dirt in the winter, and keeping your windscreen clean is a big part of being safe in your vehicle.

Here are a few extra tips to take into consideration before you set off:

  • Allow for extra travel time in the winter.
  • Wake up earlier just in case you have to de-ice your vehicle.
  • Ensure you have at least half a tank of fuel in case of unexpected delay.
  • Don’t drive off until your windscreen is clear.
  • Plan your routes ahead.

How To Drive In The Snow

Driving in the snow is not as daunting as you think, as long as you know how to drive in these conditions.

The Insitute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) Recommends.

When you’re driving in snow, to get your vehicles speed right. Don’t drive too fast, otherwise, you risk losing control, but not slow in case you risk losing momentum when you need it most, such as going uphill – and to brake, steer and accelerate as smoothly as possible.

If your vehicle is able to, pull off in second gear. This should help prevent your wheels from spinning in the snowy conditions.

Ensure you avoid high-revs and stay in a higher gear for better control.

When driving in snowy conditions, try to evaluate the stopping distance you have in front of you. The less you slam on your brakes in icy conditions the better. Judge your distance and let your vehicle come to a halt on its own as much as possible.

winter stopping distances

Don’t rely on ABS in slippy conditions. Your wheels can still lock up even with ABS.

When descending downhill, lower your speed before you start the descent, and try your best to not let the speed build up.

Have any tips for driving in the snow? Let us know in the comments below.

When driving in snow what gear should I use?

When you’re driving in the snow, try to use the highest gears possible.

Set off in second gear, and avoid high revs. This, in theory, should help you from spinning your wheels and losing control.

If your car has a winter driving mode, make sure you apply it for added grip.

How to drive in snow in an automatic car

Driving in the snow in an automatic car isn’t that much different to a manual vehicle.

Just as much care and attention need to be paid. However, there are slight differences as your automatic vehicle might try and gear up and gear down when you don’t want them to.

The same rules apply as a manual vehicle, set off in second gear and avoid high revs if possible.

When driving in falling snow you should

Gradually lower the speed you’re travelling at, and steadily develop a safe distance between you and the cars around you.

When you come to stop, brake gently and in plenty of time.

Our 4 step guide on how to keep safe this winter can be seen below. We know there are much more ways to keep safe on the roads this winter, and that’s where you come in. Simply give your advice on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ page. Stay safe!

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Which Nissan Qashqai Is A 4×4

Here at Milner Off Road, we often get asked which Nissan Qashqai is a 4×4. So we thought we would answer that very question here.

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The older generations of the Nissan Qashqai have 3 modes – 2WD, AUTO and LOCK. In 2WD drive the Qashqai is essentially FWD until a tyre slips, and when that happens the 4WD will kick in and the rear wheels help out, where traction has been lost. In AUTO mode the car is in 4WD all the time, and will attempt to “vector” torque to whatever wheel slips. In LOCK mode all the wheels turn together – just like a conventional 4×4 system with the Diff Locks engaged, meaning none of the wheels can turn faster than the others, so they can’t spin individually. In this mode, the Nissan Qashqai seems to be able to drive over anything in its path. If you exceed certain conditions (eg exceed 30mph road speed, or use too much steering lock) then the LOCK mode returns to AUTO automatically.

Unlike many conventional 4×4 systems, the system that the Qashqai has makes it possible to swap between 2WD and AUTO at any speed.

The latest generation of the Qashqai also comes with 4×4 and front wheel drive versions, which has surely gone done well with all the Qashqai fans out there. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is the most satisfying engine according to AutoExpress, and it’s the only unit to be offered with the Qashqai’s All Mode 4×4 set-up. So if you want to take your Qashqai on some off-road adventures, it’s the only choice to buy. If you don’t want to take your Qashqai off roading, then the 2WD 1.5dci model should do the trick for everyday life.

View our wide array of Nissan Qashqai Parts and accessories.

How To Look After Your Tyres

Despite being one of the main components of every car, checking the tyres is something which gets neglected by many motorists. Did you know that out of a total of 2,855 casualties caused by defective vehicles in 2013, dangerous tyres were cited as a contributory factor in 968 cases? It gets worse, out of 43 deaths on the road from vehicles with defects, 18 of those deaths were caused by illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres.

Here are a few things to check before you set off to make sure your journey is safe;

 Make sure there are no tears, gouges, scars, lumps or anything else that doesn’t seem natural for a tyre to have

 Make sure that your tyres are pumped up to the vehicle’s manufacturers recommended pressure. This may not apply when out off roading.

Is the tread depth still above the legal limit? Tread below the legal limit could get you in to serious trouble, and will also give you less grip.

Getting the right pressure in your tyres is vital, and here’s why. Keeping your tyres inflated to the recommended amount can lengthen the life of your tyres, improve the handling of your vehicle, and can give you a better fuel economy (depending on how you drive of course).

Going back to a previous point, tread depth must be at least 1.6mm on each tyre. If you have less than this, make sure you go and get your self some new tyres. A vehicle with 1.6 mm of tread will stop eight metres after a car with a tread of 3mm travelling at 50mph in wet conditions, that eight metres could be the difference between having an accident and not having an accident. Below is a video by on how to check tyre tread depth.

You can always swap your tyres round. This is a common thing for motorists to carry out, especially front wheel drive car owners. If the tread is getting a little low on the front, and still have plenty on the back, you can always swap them around. This is because on a FWD car, the power is delivered to the front wheels, and you also have to turn with the front wheels. Therefore it is only natural for the front tyres to wear out much quicker than the rears.

Another tip to help keep your tyres healthy is to swap them for winter tyres when the colder months hit. In the winter months, you will find people driving more cautiously and you will find yourself stop/starting and braking much more, and with summer tyres fitted it will take you longer to stop – putting more pressure on those tyres. However, with winter tyres, they’re designed to work in temperatures under 7 degrees centigrade. This means that the rubber will not harden, and not wear out as quickly. Winter tyres are also much safer than their summer counterparts, with stopping distances shortened by 8 metres when braking at 30mph on snow, and by 11 metres when braking at 30mph on ice.

Thank you for reading this article, and if there is anything you would like to add to it, make sure you leave a comment on our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ page and we will add them to the list. Also, if you own a 4×4 and are in the need for some new 4×4 tyres we stock a huge range of tyres, which can be ordered online or by phone +441629 734 411.

How Budget 2015 Affects UK Motorists

Chancellor George Osbourne has announced the Summer 2015 budget, and has pledged to overhaul the UK’s car taxation system. This will include a ‘premium’ car tax to vehicles worth over £40,000. With modern cars emissions falling all the time, the existing CO2-based set-up which has existed for the last decade grows increasingly out of date, meaning many cars these days either pay no road tax or very little.

A new set up will be launched n April 2017 to combat these changes, and make sure that nearly every car on the road has to pay tax.

Osborne has claimed that over three quarters of new cars would pay no VED at all in their first year if the current system continued by 2017, and his new system will change that. Put simply, first year’s tax for vehicles registered after April 2017 will still follow the CO2 guidelines, but after the first year there will be just three rates: zero-emissions (free), standard (£140 applying to 95% of cars on the roads today) and ‘premium’ car tax (a supplement of £310 a year for cars over £40,000 list price new). These changes apply only to vehicles registered after 2017: all existing cars on the roads will pay at today’s rate.

The UK's new car tax system from April 2017

Company car tax rates for 2019-20 will continue to be based on a percentage of list price, but the tax will increase by 3% for cars emitting more than 75g/km of CO2 from 2019-20 – up to a maximum rate of 37%. The cleanest company cars will have to emit 0-50g/km of CO2, with further bands at 51-75g/km and 76-94g/km.

However, there is some better news to come from this, as the government will extend the deadline for the first MOT of new cars from three years to four years, subject to consultation. The government believes this will save UK motorists £100 million annually.

So to sum up;

New tax disc system from April 2017 for new cars
Existing cars will use today’s CO2 brackets
From 2017 new cars pay ‘standard’ or ‘premium’ tax
95% of motorists will pay £140 a year ‘standard rate’
‘Premium’ cars over £40,000 will carry a £310 supplement for five years
Cars that emit the over 225g/km to pay £2000 in first year
New ‘premium car tax’ for vehicles over £40,000
MOT tests only applicable after four years

We want to hear your thoughts regarding this, and how it will effect you. Please let us know on our Facebook, Twitter and Google+ page.

Best 4×4 off roading destinations in the UK

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We have recently asked all of our social friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ where they like to go off roading in the UK and Ireland, and we have put together a list of all the places our lovely fans sent us. The list is in no particular order. Locations can be seen on the map at the bottom of the page.


First up, we have Parkwood 4×4 (recommended by James-Gary Smith) Parkwood is a family run business, and was setup to provide events and training at the venue. If you are looking to go on a 4×4 training course or are simply wanting to go for a 4×4 play day, then we highly recommend you visit Parkwood 4×4.

You can find them here;

Parkwood 4×4
Home Farm,
Tong Village,
Bradford,
West Yorkshire BD4 0RR

Or visit their website here – https://www.parkwood4x4.co.uk/


Next, we have Cowm Leisure (recommended by Alex Johnson) Cowm Leisure offers multiple avenues of off roading, whether it be in a 4×4, mini bikes, trials and much more. More information can be found on the Cowm Leisure website – https://cowmleisure.com/ or call them on 07970 101879

Cowm Leisure can be found here;

Cowm Leisure
Back Cowm Quarry,
High Barn Lane,
Whitworth,
Lancashire OL12 8XG


Third on our list is Bala 4×4 (recommended by Steve Davies) Bala is rather special for off roading, thanks to it’s amazing views overlooking the Bala Lake and is surrounded by mountains. It’s one of the most popular places used by 4×4 magazines for photo shoots, and is also used for vehicle launching. Check out there website to view all of their 4×4 experience packages – https://bala4x4.co.uk/

Bala 4×4’s location is as follows;

Bala 4×4
Llannerch yr Eryr,
Llandderfel
Bala
Gwynedd
LL23 7DR


Fourth on our list is KORC (Kirton Off Road Centre, recommended by Gav Smith) Kirton is a pay and play centre in the UK that covers over 600 acres of a wide variety of terrains. This off road centre is suitable for novices and experts. They have a wide array of 4×4 driving experiences available, and it is advised to give them a call before you turn up, as it is a popular place. https://korc.co.uk/

K.O.R.C.
Gainsthorpe Road, Gainsthorpe
Kirton Lindsey
North Lincs
DN21 4JL


Fifth on our list is Club Mud Rutz (recommended by Hayden Gilbey) Mud Rutz is the one of the largest outdoor off roading experience locations in the UK. Based in Essex, they are an extreme 4×4 pay and play centre that have some fantastic reviews. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find out much information about Mud Rutz, but you can contact them via email – [email protected] or you can visit their Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/mud.rutz


 

Sixth on our list is a place called 4×4 Driving. John Morgan 4×4 Driving is one of the best places you can go for off-roading driving events in the United Kingdom. The extremely popular and challenging 4×4 owner days are held on the second and fourth Sunday of every month from 10am – 4pm. Full details of when the events are taking place, and how much it costs can be seen on the 4×4 Driving website – https://www.4x4driving.co.uk/

Slindon Safari 4×4 Driving Centre
Arundel Road,
Walberton, Arundel,
BN18 0


Seventh on our list of places to go off roading is called Wild Tracks. They’re accredited trainers specialising in the provision of qualified 4×4 off road tuition for people with all levels of off roading experience. They boast a 60 acre site, with a wide variety of terrain and challenging environment such as deep water and ruts. Using their 4×4 course all day (9.00am – 4.00pm) for just £35. You can find out more about their 4×4 experiences on their website – https://www.wildtracksltd.co.uk/off-road-4×4

WildTracks Offroad,
Activity Park,
Chippenham Road,
Kennett, Newmarket,
Suffolk,
CB8 7QJ


Eighth on our list is True Grip Off Road. True Grip Off Road is a professional outlet providing very high quality 4×4 off road driving and quad biking courses in the picturesque Kent countryside. Set on Eastwell Park Estate which is considered the premium off road site in South East England, this team of highly experienced and friendly instructors deliver a variety of courses ranging from gift experiences to professional training. They specialise in sole use sessions so you will be getting an exclusive time here. This venue is suitable for everyone regardless of their experience, even junior off road courses are available! Bespoke group and corporate packages can also be arranged – for more information please visit www.truegrip-offroad.co.uk

True Grip Off Road Limited
Eastwell Court
Lenacre Street
Ashford
Kent
TN25 4JT


The next of this post is Whitecliff Off Road Centre. Whitecliff were established in 1997 and provide 4×4 driving training, gift experience days, corporate events, group 4×4 events and much more. The guys over at Whitecliff are very friendly and are sure to give you a 4×4 experience you will never forget. To find out more about Whitecliff, simply visit their website – https://www.whitecliff4x4.co.uk/

Whitecliff Off-Road Driving Centre
Whitecliff Quarry
Coleford
Gloucestershire
GL16 8NB


Next up on the list, we have Beyond 4×4. Unlike many of the other 4×4 destinations on this list, beyond 4×4 purely provide 4×4 training, and are not a pay and play recreational company.

Beyond 4×4 provide professional 4×4 courses and certification across the UK. As DVSA Approved Driving Instructors and Lantra-Awards Approved Trainers, they legally train 4×4 drivers how to handle their vehicles in the high-risk on-road environment, under normal, flood and winter conditions. They have some of the best qualified trainers in the industry, and are one the leading specialists in their field. They have sites all across the UK, so to find out more, please visit their website – https://www.beyond4x4.co.uk/


Up next we have Protrax Overland Adventures who provide a wide range of services, including trips to Europe and Morocco. The reason they feature here however is for their driving days, which they host throughout the year. Open to all, not just members, they invite you to bring along your own vehicle and take on their fantastic course having a great time! Trained personnel are also on hand for anyone who needs them, and you can drive all day for just £25 per vehicle. To find out more simply visit https://www.protraxoverlandadventures.co.uk/

Pro-Trax
Wood Cottage
24 Old North Rd
Water Newton
Peterborough
Camb’s
PE8 6LU


Next on the list we have Ash 4×4. Based in the delightful grounds of Hawkstone Park Follies in North Shropshire, you will enjoy a beautiful and relaxing environment learning new and exciting 4×4 driving skills.  Hawkstone park offers you a wide range of driving conditions; with sections suitable for beginners and others that will challenge the most experienced of drivers. Ash 4×4 offer the following services;

-Individual and Group Bookings, Weekend / Day 4×4 Club Events, Outdoor Team Building Experiences, Corporate Hostpitality and Vehicle Demonstrations

A unique opportunity to drive across Morecombe bay on Sunday 5th July at 9am has arisen, with Ash 4×4, to take part all vehicles must have recovery fitted prior to going on the sands! It will cost £30 per vehicle. To book your place please email ([email protected]) or call Billy on 07581 030331 . Places are limited and will be on a first come basis.

All vehicles must be road legal. Find out more here – https://www.ash4x4.com/


Next, we have OneLife Adventure. Offering vehicle based adventures for all 4×4 owners, OneLife Adventure prides itself on taking only small groups (a maximum of 6 vehicles/12 adults), allowing time to explore the cultures and landscapes we travel in. Our expeditions are lead by an experienced support team well equipped with satellite communications and medical back up. All our expeditions are family orientated 4×4 adventures – with plenty of time to explore the cultures and landscapes you travel in, and include all ferry crossings, guiding, support, all accommodation and our knowledge and attention at all times. Our UK Explorer weekends are suitable for standard vehicles, and are great fun and a perfect introduction to vehicle based adventure travel.

Our adventure expeditions cover a wide variety of terrains and landscapes, sand to ice, mountain to desert. Wherever you chose, UK or overseas, they offer family orientated adventures or demanding real adventure expeditions, you’ll face new challenges, camp in beautiful remote wild camp sites and learn new skills in some of the most exciting adventure 4×4 destinations on offer today. Check out our web site for the current program in Western Sahara, Morocco, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, UK, Greece, Turkey, Namibia and Botswana.

Visit their website to find out more – https://www.onelifeadventure.co.uk/

OneLife Adventure
1 Beaumont Street
Todmorden
Lancashire
OL14 5JZ


Next up we have Yorkshire 4×4 Specialists. Yorkshire 4×4 Specialists started out 4yrs ago providing “Green Laning” Tours in Yorkshire. Now they operate in the UK,Europe,North Africa providing bespoke Guided 4×4 Experiences, and also offer RoSPA Off­Road training at our centre near York.

They offer tours across the Yorkshire Wolds and Yorkshire Moors 1 day special offer £50 per vehicle, weekends from £100 per vehicle.

Visit their website and find out more here – https://www.yorkshire4x4specialists.com/


Our latest addition to our list is The Wright Event. The Wright Event is one of the most experienced off-road driving operators in the country and is an accredited member of the British Off-Road Driving Association (BORDA). Operating from their own venue, Ashtree Farm in the beautiful Kent countryside, you will find the best off-road driving centre in the South East, with over 200 acres of orchards, woodland and open fields. The Wright Event provide professional training to numerous commercial organisations and individuals wanting to experience 4×4 off-road driving as a leisure activity. With their qualified instructor beside you, they ensure that you fully enjoy your driving experience as you tackle slopes you wouldn’t believe were possible. Their off-road driving facility provides a challenge for both experienced 4×4 drivers and beginners.

The Wright Event
Ashtree Farm
Teston Road
West Malling
Kent
ME19 5RL
www.thewrightevent.co.uk


So there you have it, these are the top places to go off roading in the United Kingdom as suggested by our social friends. We’d love to hear about your experiences at these destinations, and as always if you need parts for your 4×4, please visit our main website here – https://www.milneroffroad.com/

10 Reasons Why 4×4 Drivers Are The Best

4×4 Drivers Are The Best!

Over the years, quite a few things have been said about 4×4 drivers. Unfair accusations from drivers of everything from small hatchbacks to sleek saloons, about one thing or another that is often simply not true.

Being in the position that we are here at Milner Off Road, we speak to and deal with 4×4 fanatics all day most days, and find that the majority are simply friendly people who love their vehicle and want to take it to the limit, and that deserves nothing but respect! So forget accusations of arrogance and entitlement, here at our 10 reasons why 4×4 drivers are the best.

  • Not Scared Of The Snow – We begin with an issue that crops up most years in
    the UK, around January/February time, when the cold snap kicks in and roads across the country get a dusting of the white stuff, which simultaneously causes panic across a large percentage of the nations car drivers. Some of them choose to employ the “low gear, high revs” method of driving around, whilst others abandon their vehicles and decide that walking to work wet, cold and with several bruises is the better option. On the other hand, most 4×4 drivers don’t bat an eyelid, we keep calm and carry on, fight back against nature, and get where we need to be. See a shot of our very own car park below for proof!

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  • They Can Rescue People – Following on somewhat from point one, the fact that many 4×4’s can take their drivers anywhere that they wish means that they’re perfectly placed to rescue those who are not so well equipped. Whether it be from snow, ice, mud or flood, rescuers always turn up to save the day in a 4×4.
  • They’re Well Prepared For The Apocalypse – Whether it’s soon, or in a million years time, there’s more than likely going to be a time when the human race and civilisation as we know it begins to crumble, and those equipped with a 4×4 will be best placed to ride it out. Take for example a horde of flesh-eating zombies, who’s going to survive? The man with the large 4×4 which can take on multiple terrains, fit extra supplies in the back, and plough through large crowds? Or the Citroen Saxo? I know where my money is going.
  • They See Beautiful Parts Of The Country – Many people love a day out in the countryside, but mud, long distance walks and the occasional cow pat is enough to put many people off. 4×4 drivers don’t have these problems though, they can enjoy long days out and take their vehicles with them, seeing beautiful scenery and keeping the countryside economy of cafes and pubs booming too.
  • The “Brotherhood/Sisterhood” Bond – We all have friends, those people we feel we can trust above all else, but nothing truly bonds people together like a day out off roading over tough terrain. The thrills and spills are shared with a smile, as everyone helps each other out, fixing bumps and sharing parts to ensure everyone returns from action alive, well, and covered in mud.
  • Amazing Innovation – You’re in the middle of the countryside, miles from the nearest roads and even further from a town, when all of a sudden you hear a crack, a snap or a pop, something has broken on your vehicle. Disaster? No chance. 4×4 drivers are experts at innovative, makeshift “repairs” to keep their vehicles going back to civilisation. Naturally, we don’t encourage these sort of things for safety reasons, but some of the stories we have heard of people holding things together until they’ve been able to get their hands on real tools and 4×4 parts are pretty amazing.
  • They’re The Safest Drivers On The Road – Say what you want, but a study has shown that 4×4 drivers are actually the safest drivers on the road when it comes to the number of crashes…in 2008 at least.
  • More Prepared For Family Life – Any car driver will know the stress of trying to load the family into the vehicle for a holiday, day out, or even just a trip to the supermarket. Trying to fit 2 booster seats, a pushchair, toys and all sorts of equipment into the back of a Vauxhall Corsa is like a game of Tetris, that also happens to scream and kick you whilst you’re playing it. All the extra space that a 4×4 provides make’s this a much simpler task though. Granted, when children are involved it’s never going to go 100%, but it’s so much easier and stress-free for everyone involved. The worlds future innovators, scientists and great minds are sat comfortably in the back of a Mitsubishi L200, not in a Ford Fiesta with a weeks shopping stacked on top of them.
  • They’re Efficient Now Too – For many years one of the biggest sticks that 4×4 detractors used to beat drivers with was the “Gas Guzzler” tag, claiming that they’re far too inefficient, bad for the environment and bad for the wallet too, but that is not the case. Many modern 4×4’s easily exceed 40mpg, putting them on a par, or even better than some everyday vehicles. Whoever thought they could say a Range Rover Evoque gets better mpg than a Ford Focus? It’s not a reality.
  • Have The Most Fun – Finally, and most importantly, 4×4 drivers simply have more fun. The car cruising scene has declined in recent years, whereas 4×4 drivers can get together, find their nearest pay and play or legal off roading site, and simply have a great day!

So, there you have it, 10 ironclad (sort of…) reasons that 4×4 drivers simply are the best out there today, so off roaders of the land, next time someone is jabbing at you for your choice of vehicle simply send them this way and watch them convert!

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