Off Road

4x4 and SUV

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The more a 4x4 vehicle is intended for off-road driving, the more specific its bodywork will be. The bodywork will be “cut away” so that the vehicle can travel over large obstacles (banks, ruts, rocks, etc) a vehicle’s off-road ability can be seen from its various bodywork angles (approach, departure and ramp break over angles), its ground clearance, its ability to climb steep slopes and cross deep fords.


THE RIGHT TYRE AT THE RIGHT TIME

4X4 TYRE MARKINGS EXPLAINED

Once off the road, the choice of the right tyre to suit the terrain becomes essential.


SAND

  • Opt for a multi-purpose, not overly-aggressive pattern. In the event of wheel spin, large blocks digs in more quickly and the vehicle gets bogged down, leaving you with a lot of shovelling to do.
  • Certain tyres may be deflated to improve traction.
  • With specific tyres, in some conditions, particularly when there are no steep banks, it may be possible to reduce pressures for use at low speeds (up to 12mph).
  • Remember to re-inflate the tyres once you have passed the obstacle.
  • Certain tyres may be deflated to improve traction.
  • With specific tyres, in some conditions, particularly when there are no steep banks, it may be possible to reduce pressures for use at low speeds (up to 12mph).
  • Remember to re-inflate the tyres once you have passed the obstacle.

MUD

  • Opt for a specific mud pattern with large tread blocks. With this type of pattern, you get a much better “rack” effect.
  • Allow the tyre to do its job, avoiding excessive revving synonymous with loss of grip.
  • Certain tyres may be deflated to improve traction and to ensure that the tread pattern self-cleans more easily. Use the same advice as for sand (see above for details).
  • Remember to re-inflate the tyres once you have passed the obstacle.

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TRACKS AND TRAILS

  • Both multi-purpose and mud patterns can be used. A robust tyre with plenty of resistance to impacts and cuts is a good choice.
  • A multi-purpose tyre is the most suitable for long distance off-road driving.
  • On smoother tracks, do not under-inflate. Inflate to the vehicle maximum load pressures to give the best resistance to pinch shocks when travelling at sustained (but reduced) speeds.
  • For regular use on harsher unmade surfaces, lower pressures may be used at lower speeds to reduce shocks and impacts.
  • Opt for a multi-purpose, not overly-aggressive pattern. In the event of wheel spin, large blocks digs in more quickly and the vehicle gets bogged down, leaving you with a lot of shovelling to do
  • Certain tyres may be deflated to improve traction.
  • With specific tyres, in some conditions, particularly when there are no steep banks, it may be possible to reduce pressures for use at low speeds (up to 12mph).
  • Remember to re-inflate the tyres once you have passed the obstacle.

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