How to drive in sand

by Cornelius Nunev

You may be willing to take on the beach this summer, but is your vehicle?. Hard-packed sand is easy, but what if your car and tires need to take on loose, light sand, be it on the seashore or even in the desert? Here is how to drive on sand, in brief.

Glide above the sand with lower air inside your tires

Popular Mechanics suggests keeping tire psi at 12 to 15 for loose sand driving. It is really good for sand, although it is too low for paved roads. Instead of digging in and becoming stuck, you will skim the surface more effortlessly. Make sure you inflate whenever you are back on solid ground though. The tires might peel off the rims just going a couple of miles to an air pump. It will not be easy to break at all. It will even be hard to turn.

Don't turn unless necessary

Stay away from sharp turns. They will just dig you in deeper. Stay as straight as possible when driving in sand. You may need to back up or use a shovel to fill in holes. Go ahead and do this when you have to. If you do get stuck, do not continue to spin the tires. A chunk of chain connection fence or floor mats could be used to get traction. You can even use tree branches. You are able to wet the path instead too. This will put the grains of sands together and give you traction.

Do not attempt with front-wheel drive

If you're planning to drive in sand, do not do it with a front-wheel drive car. You'll become stuck almost immediately. It will help to have rear-wheel drive. You'll want 4WD if it is going to be regular though. Driving on the sand is easier with part-time 4WD and a locked center differential. Full-time AWD also works on sand, but the lessened ground clearance and lack of the lowest gears can cause problems over time.

Try out these two cars

Try one of these two vehicles. You can get them for around $20,000 each:

1. Jeep Wrangler - A fun convertible with the off-road capability to conquer and dry sand environment.

2. Audi A4 Avant Quattro - There is storage for surfboards, a 2.0-liter engine and torque to help you out.

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