Sand driving tips: tyre pressure
Posted by: Cal on 26/04/2013
With so much great coastline beckoning around the country, it is important to know a thing or two about sand driving before you take to the beach on your next off-road trip.
Most obviously, sand is softer than most other surfaces so you need to be careful you don't get stuck!
One of the main ways of ensuring you don't bog down is by adjusting the pressure of your 4WD tyres before hitting the sand.
Reducing the pressure in your tyres will help to spread the weight of your vehicle over a larger area as it puts more of your tyres in contact with the ground.
This will in turn reduce the amount that your vehicle sinks into the sand, increase your traction and with any luck will stop you from getting bogged.
So how low should you go? Generally it is recommended that for soft sand you start by reducing your tyre pressure to half its normal road setting.
Depending on the softness of the sand and your vehicle's performance you can then adjust the pressure by smaller increments to find the best level.
Once you're ready to get back on the bitumen however, you won't get far with such low pressures, so you'll need to creep to a service station, or more ideally have your own pump and pressure gauge on hand to get your tyres back to road pressure.