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.

GMC Trucks Receive 2016 KBB Best Resale Value Awards

2016 KBB Resale Value Awards

The GMC Canyon and GMC Sierra have been recognized in the 2016 KBB Best Resale Value Awards, an annual award given to the ten vehicles in the industry that get the highest return on resale 3 and 5 years down the road. Vehicles on the list must fetch at least a 55% of their original sticker price after 3 years.

The Canyon and Sierra were numbers 3 and 9 on the list, joined mostly by other trucks and SUVs. The Canyon retains an estimated 70.7% of its original value after 3 years, while the Sierra gets about 57% of its sticker price.

The presence of two GMC vehicles on the list is a testament to the durability and excellence of engineering, since cars with higher resale values tend to have lower long-term maintenance costs. This win comes on the heels of several other awards to the Canyon in 2015, including the Midsize Pickup Challenge and the AutoWeek Best of the Best Truck.