How to Drive On Sand

How to Drive On Sand

Drivers very experienced on the roads will often have trouble when attempting to drive on sand. It can be quite hazardous at times,

  • You can float away
  • You can roll the vehicle
  • You can get bogged down

So why do people do it?

Mostly because it is fun

The Tips:

Always only use a four wheel drive.

Unless you’re driving on wet sand after the tide has run out, the sand is soft. So when you plonk a two-tonne four-wheel drive on it, the vehicle has a tendency to want to sink. We stop that sinking or bogging sensation by lowering the tyre pressure. This increases the length of the tread pattern on your tyre, dispersing its weight over a larger area.

When lowering the pressure use a reliable tyre gauge and drop the pressure to 16 psi

This is the best pressure for driving in sand.

If you do get bogged down below the high tide mark be aware that in the next six hours or so the tide is going to rise again and you will have seawater lapping around the vehicle,

With your tyres this low you need to drive much slower, especially when cornering, because the risk of a tyre coming off the rim is much higher.

If you do get stuck do not rev the vehicle up.

The wheels will spin and you will bog down even further,

Remember to increase the pressure before getting back on the road

Have a small compressor or pump handy to do this

If necessary call Best Bribie Island Towing and they will tow you to safer ground

Call 0411 572 914

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