Summer is here, and for individuals who desire to jump in the small deuce coupe and go for sand, some driving on sand might be expected. If sand is packed down, it’s easy, but how about when things get free? Here are some hints for driving on sand.
Glide above the sand with lower air as part of your tires
For sand driving, your tires should be at 12 to 15 psi, as reported by Popular Mechanics. It is really good for sand, although it is too low for paved roads. You’ll skim the surface more very easily. This will be instead of digging in and getting stuck over and over. Inflate as soon as you are back on solid ground, however. If you go even a few of miles before finding an air pump, the tires could peel off the rims. You will have a very hard time turning and breaking at the very least.
Do not turn unless necessary
Sharp turns on sand will trigger your tires to dig in deeper, which you don’t want to do. Driving in sand should be kept as straight as possible. Go ahead and use a shovel to fill in holes if you have to back up. If you do get stuck, don’t continue to spin the tires. Use floor mats, tree branches or a chunk of chain connection fence to help gain traction. You are able to wet the path instead too. This will put the grains of sands together and give you traction.
Front wheel drive will not work
If you are planning to drive in sand, do not do it with a front-wheel drive car. Getting stuck will occur. It will not take long. It will help to have rear-wheel drive. You will want 4WD if it is going to be regular though. Part-time 4WD low and a locked center differential, which helps to maintain enough torque at low speeds, are good for driving on sand. Full-time AWD also works on sand, but the lessened ground clearance and lack of the lowest gears can cause difficulties over time.
Try out these two vehicles
Both of these cars could be had in the low- to mid-$20,000 range:
1. Jeep Wrangler – It is effortlessly convertible making it fun. It may also do really well in the dry sand.
2. Audi A4 Avant Quattro – There is storage for surfboards, a 2.0-liter engine and torque to help you out.
Patience and attentiveness needed in the desert
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