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It will reduce wear on your drivetrain and make it easier to take off.– Maintain adequate speed through boggy sand or up sand dunes.

At very low tyre pressures you also risk sand getting trapped between the bead and rim, causing a slow air leak as the bead no longer seals adequately.

Take your time, crack open a This beach is narrow, boggy and sloping. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding.I was curious as to what everybody elses opinion is on the subject? Otherwise your wheels will simply spin on the recovery tracks, wearing them out.Recovery tracks being used to recover a vehicle bogged in sand.– Take a tide chart for the area you are beach driving. The best tyre pressure for rock is less than highway pressure to give the tyre some flex and reduce impact loads and stress fractures, but greater than sand pressure to protect the tyre from pinches and side wall damage. I’ll be driving on sand next week for the first time in my new Jeep Grand Cherokee which has select terrain.

Be ready to gently blip the throttle to help re-align the car if it drifts sideways. At the slowest part of the turn you are away from the water with space to drive downhill if you get into trouble while you exit the turn. I’m running The following vehicle characteristics are best for sand driving:– Light weight. I have lowered the air pressure in the large rear tyres to 18psi and I still get bogged. I will let you know after Thanksgiving how it does this year. Last year, in May of 2013, I even managed to get my Chevrolet Suburban (mighty, mighty U.S. made SUV; l o l) stuck in soft sand inside of the high tide line as the tide was still ebbing. The group I hang with has lots of seat time in the sand and all have skats and buffs, I ran my well worn stock XTC 900 tires. It is chalk and cheese. I read the start and got my Mum’s vehicle out this afternoon, wound down the spare wheel, yep sand on top, a ledge above that, yep sand sitting on it. Yes you need to deflate your tyres for sand. Lots of shovelling. I look forward to doing a lot more beach driving now. It is (still) amazing to me that I can feel isolated with all of the people just, literally, over-the-horizon, behind me. Also rocking back and forth to flatten the sand and make a bit of a firm ramp to drive out on. Maybe a bit too memorable for you!Wow! Notice the thin trails of seaweed indicating where the waves are reaching – up to the left wheels of the landcruiser. This one article answered us so many questions! If your engine is dying at full throttle but you’re not getting bogged, you might need a lower gear. Don’t operate the clutch. This avoids the high impact force that would otherwise pull the rear end of the recovery vehicle down towards the water. Don’t fight the ruts.

And 3 other bits. You don’t know whether the vehicle will stay in the ruts or free itself. Here are tips for driving on all types of sand. Be careful if you’ve chucked stuff under the tyres – it could get thrown at the people pushing, causing injury.– Select 1st gear low range, push the throttle hard and swiftly take off. Some suggest second gear is better to avoid going too slow. I have done lots of mud and trail off-road trips in my old 89′ wrangler I just purchased a new 4Runner sr5. Cheers Glad the article was useful. Plus let's be honest the xp4 is underpowered in the sand. So if you have good sand tires 2wd is best IMHO. Starting off in deep sand, I found having the wheels pointed straight ahead got things going quickly.thanks for the input, by g80 do you mean "Locking Rear Differential"?

I can totally relate to the ‘narrow’ beaches part. Braking and accelerating at the same time may help with diffs that are capable of multiplying torque, such as limited slip diffs.A shovel operator removes sand from beneath the wheel with the most weight.
This causes the car to plough sideways through the sand which digs the vehicle down and makes it difficult to advance. - The first thing to do in any kind of vehicle is to let the air out of the tires.

Low tide yields only a few metres of steeply sloping beach. And need to know local freshwater creeks we can drive through! Even in the summer some cloudy days with an onshore breeze can send vacationers along the shore scurrying indoors. I had no shovel or any recovery equipment of any sort. The actual figure depends on vehicle weight, loading, the tyre and the sand. In dune systems they are formed by wind. Will try your sharp yank and then straight. You risk tyre overheating, tyre damage and / or blowout.

My girlfriend wanted to go to a beach that was about a mile from the main highway. Don’t be a hoon. – If stuck due to uneven terrain or hump-dee-doos without diff lockers, dig out sand from under the tyres that have the most traction. All that slippage and heat transfer through the automatic gearbox cannot be good and he had to revert to low range to get out anyway. It swings around like a pendulum.– Dig around your car so the chassis is clear of the ground and there is no sand impeding the front of each tyre.– Throw crap under the tyres – floor mats, boogie board, blankets, sleeping bag, tent, tarps, vegetation, sticks, anything you can find.

If the sand aint too soft then drop to whatever keeps you on top, maybe 25 psi or something, and you should be ok.Hi Ben, thank you for the “know how to” article. However airing up and down a hundred times a day is not practical. At least they look good.Larger overall diameter, independent of ability to reduce pressure, is helpful in sand too. It is extremely difficult to drive up a boggy sloping beach in reverse.

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