Sand Dune Off-Roading Tips

Posted by Roger Bobrock on

The excellent thing about off-roading is the simple fact that there’s a new adventure every time. Off-roaders have found riding through the dunes to be quite exciting and thrilling. If you’re planning a beach trip, this is the ideal time to test out your skills in the sand.

Before you hit the beach, it is essential to make sure you are well-equipped with the right tools in case you need to recover your vehicle. Additionally, it is necessary to make the right adjustments to your vehicle. With that being said, here are a few tips to remember next time you decide to take on the sand during your next off-roading trip.

Check Your Tires

First, before you hit the beach trail, it is necessary to check your tires. When it comes to offroading in the sand, it is essential to take a look at your tire pressure to make sure that your vehicle is ready for the road. Most sand paths work best with tires that are all-terrain with strong threading to protect them in case of any obstacles during the journey.

Unfortunately, smaller tires have been shown to get stuck in the sand because it is easy for the wheels to dig deep into it while driving. Furthermore, research suggests that lower tire pressure works excellent with sand because it gives your vehicle more traction while driving on your path.

Map Out Your Path

Mapping out your path before hitting the beach is an excellent way to prepare for your journey. Since you are driving in sand and not an actual trail, it is not uncommon to get lost during your off-roading adventure. For this reason, mapping out your trail is an amazing way to stay aligned with your path during your journey. Furthermore, remember to drive in the right direction once you hit the dunes to help protect your tires and prevent rolling over.

Know Proper Recovery Tips

Lastly, it is necessary to remember proper recovery tips when off-roading in the sand. Always aim to drive slower in the sand and minimize your brake usage to prevent your tires from getting stuck. During a certain point in your trip, you may eventually notice your tires digging deeper into the sand. Once this happens, do not reverse your vehicle, this will only cause your tires to dig deeper. Instead, aim to use your traction maps to help give your tires the boost it needs to gain more traction.

Ultimately, the goal is to increase the surface area to give your tires the traction it needs to get out. If your tires are still stuck, you may need to place a winch on your bumper to help pull your vehicle out. Altogether, properly preparing your vehicle with the right recovery tools is essential before beginning your dune journey.

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