Driving on sand dunes and along the beach can be an exciting and exhilarating experience. Beach driving isn’t just for summer beach vacations, but throughout the year for bonfires, s’mores, and more. Unfortunately, it can be dangerous and damaging if you do not take the proper precautions. If you are planning taking an off-roading beach excursion, make sure to follow the three tips listed below.
Check Your Tires
One of the first things you should do is make sure your tires are ready for the difference in terrain. If your tires are old or have a less pliable tread, they could be dangerous on the sand. If you plan on making a sport of dune riding, it may be wise to invest in some upgraded tires made for dune riding. Look for thicker tires that have pliable rubber and a deep tread.
You may also find that lowering the PSI on your tires can allow you to travel easier over unpacked sand. The lower the PSI on your tires, the larger the tire’s footprint, which will prevent your truck from sinking into the sand. You should lower your tire’s air pressure to between 5 and 20 psi depending on how stiff the sand is. The softer the sand, the lower you want to go.
Since having your tire pressure this low is not recommended for road use, you will want to make sure that you reinflate your tires once you get back onto solid ground. If you fail to do this, you will have problems braking and could end up damaging a rim. If you don’t have a compressor available, make sure you drive onto the sand close to a gas station.