Beach Driving Tips

Beach Driving Tips

If you’re heading four wheel driving this
weekend, there are some safety tips to consider before heading off road. Firstly, check four
wheel driving is not prohibited and whether any permits are needed. Check the tidal times
– its best to drive 2 hours either side of low tide. Step 2 – ensure the vehicle is four
wheel drive capable and you’re carrying the necessary recovery equipment in the event
you get stuck. Step 3 – before driving onto the sand, lower the tyre pressure to between
18 and 20 PSI or to the specifications of your particular vehicle. This will help stop
the vehicle from sinking into the soft sand. Step 4 – engage four wheel drive and lock
free wheeling hubs if applicable. Maintain a reasonable speed when entering or exiting
the soft sand. Keeping up your pace will ensure you float across the sand and reduces the
risk of getting bogged. Step 5 – stick to the hard sand. Ensure you drive on the left
hand side of approaching vehicles and indicate when overtaking. Police regularly patrol beaches
and conduct random breath tests and enforce speed limits. Be sure to watch out for hazards
like gutters, wash outs, debris and rogue waves. Once off the beach, ensure you reinflate
your tyres before travelling on the roads. And finally, make sure you hose underneath
your car if it comes into contact with salt water to avoid rust or corrosion. If you’re
after more tips or advice about four wheel driving, it’s a great idea to take a four
wheel drive course before you get started.

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  1. The best advice regarding driving on beaches is: don't. As far as I know, Queensland is the only place where people suffer from this fetish. Elsewhere, drivers acknowledge that beach driving equals rust destruction. Savvy 4wd buyers will not touch eastern Queensland vehicles for this reason.

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