As the warmer months draw nearer, many of us start thinking about taking our 4x4s to the beach. However, driving on sand can be tricky, and it pays to be prepared.
Here’s a list of tips to make your next beach expedition a safe and enjoyable one.
LOWER TYRE PRESSURES
Sand driving requires lower tyre pressures so that the tyre’s contact patch is wider and provides better traction. Pressures should be dropped to around 16-25psi, depending on the vehicle. This doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get bogged, though.
DON’T GO NEAR THE WATER
We recommend steering clear of salt water when you’re driving along the sand, as it’s not great for your 4x4. However, if you do happen to get it wet, be sure to give it a thorough wash when back in town. Keep an eye on the tide as well.
It’s important to know the height of your vehicle’s clearance, as sand driving involves plenty of crests on soft surfaces. This heightens the chances of a 4x4 bottoming out. Before heading to the beach, perhaps give your rig a lift.
If you do get stuck, and the chances of getting stuck are pretty high when driving on sand, then you’ll want some gear to make for an easy recovery. Don’t forget to pack a set of decent traction boards (MaxTrax). In fact, just keep a set of boards on your rig at all times; they don’t take up much space and they’ll prove invaluable.
DON’T BE AN IDIOT
This one is a no-brainer, but you’ll be amazed at how many people disrespect our coastlines. Driving at a steady, safe speed – and not recklessly – will ensure the environment remains protected and you remain alive. Also, make sure that what you take with you leaves with you – don’t leave rubbish lying around.
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