Sand driving: what to do if you get bogged

Posted by: Cal on 26/04/2013

Category: General

No matter how well you prepare your 4WD tyres by lowering the pressure, or maintain your momentum, chances are that one day you might get bogged in sand.

You can't predict when you're about to go through an extra soft patch and before you know it you may go from gliding smoothly to sinking quickly!

It's not the end of the world though, so don't panic. Just stay calm and work on getting yourself out.

Once you're bogged, the more you spin the wheels the deeper you go. So unless you wish to commence an exploratory mining expedition of beach resources, as soon as you realise you are stuck, take your foot off the pedal!

Start by attempting to gently reverse out. Try to follow the tracks you have already made as these will be compacted sand and easier to gain traction on.

If this doesn't work, reduce your tyre pressure by around two psi and clear the sand away from behind your tyres.

If you succeed at reversing a decent distance, try to go forward again without bogging down. You might have to repeat this technique a few times to get through soft sections.

Of course if this doesn't work, you may need to dig yourself out with shovels, to get a push from passengers, a tow from another driver, or a combination of all of the above!

Good luck out there!

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