Tips for Driving on Sand

If you’re just getting into off-roading and you live in the southwest, you’re going to end up taking your car out to the desert sometime—or maybe you plan to drive over to the coast for a visit to the beach. Either way, these tips will help you out!

Sometimes you’ll be driving on very wet sand, which is a landscape most vehicles can manage, but on soft, dry sand, it’s much harder. The most important thing to do before going out on the sand is lowering your tire pressure to 16-18psi. If you’re still getting stuck, keep lowering the pressure until you can get traction, but don’t go below 8psi.

You also need to make sure you don’t lose your momentum—it’s easy to get stuck if you slow down at all, so despite the more difficult handling and slowness, keep your speed up. If you’re driving a 4×4, selecting low-range helps.

Finally, in sunny areas like beaches and sand dunes, wear sunglasses! The glare off the sand will make it hard to see obstacles in your path.

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