Nothing inspires adventure quite like being off the beaten path. And that’s exactly what 4×4 off-roading does. With a little guidance, you can venture out to places where few others go, experiencing the sort of challenges and excitement that only mother nature can provide.
In case you didn’t know, off-roading is fun, very very fun, and there’s plenty of opportunities in and near Manchester to take part in it (legally).
If you’re looking for something new, perhaps a bit of adrenaline to get you away from the COVID-19 anxiety, here’s some great places to let off some steam in Manchester.
How can I go off-roading in the UK?
An off-road driving course is the best way to learn how to control your vehicle quickly and responsively. You’ll learn essential skills, including how to deal with obstacles, come across unexpected circumstances, and work within a team to solve problems.
Preparing your 4×4 for off-roading
You can take your own vehicle off-roading at a licensed venue, but be prepared for plenty of maintenance.
You must have an appropriately prepared vehicle that’s capable of handling the terrain, weather conditions and any obstacles that you may encounter. A large number of 4×4 clubs organise regular trips for their members, most having a website where prospective members can look for upcoming events.
Make sure you:
1. Check your tyre pressure. Ensure it’s as close as possible to the manufacturers recommended pressure.
2. Check the tyre tread and sidewall for damage and don’t forget to also check the spare tyre just in case.
3. Maintain your car and know that big off-roading adventures require a long lead time to fix any mechanical issues.
4. Check your 4×4 is properly registered and insured for off-road driving – you’ll need an off-road vehicle plate (an orange disc).
What Tyres do I need for 4×4 Off-roading?
If you want to join a 4×4 club, tyres are by far the most important aspect of the vehicle. When you’re off-road, it’s essential that your tyres are properly prepared for off-roading by adding mud flaps and extra tread. There’ll be many obstacles to avoid, and traction on rocks is always important.
Choosing the Right 4×4 tyres
When it comes to choosing the right tyres for 4×4 off-roading, make sure you look for something with all-terrain capabilities.
These tyres are designed to be used exclusively with a low-profile vehicle, making them ideal for 4×4 off-roading. With bulk rubber on the outside and core underneath, they resist punctures from sharp objects such as rocks and bumps.
High Performance Circuit Tyres
These tyres provide smooth, flat grip to the ground for very good traction in both dry and wet conditions. These tyres are suitable for off-road use on all terrain types (except mud).
The tread has to be good, but the other key aspect is the traction. The harder compound will give you more grip on rocks and mud, which you’ll need for some off-road driving. A softer compound will give you better all-round performance, but don’t expect to get stuck in mud or mud holes.
The rim size is another important factor when looking for a new set of tyres. The larger the rim, the more stable the tyre will be on most surfaces.
Where to Buy the Best Off-road Tyres in/near Manchester
There are very few tyre shops that specialise only in off-road tyres in Manchester, however there is one based in Cheshire that offers delivery on off-road tyres.
Mudslingerz Tyres – https://www.mudslingerztyres.co.uk/
Mudslingerz Tyres specialise in all off-road tyres (motorcross, ATV/UTV and 4X4 tyres), and they stock a good variety of brands at competitive prices.