Let's go to the dunes in your truck!
When going out on a sand-driving, their car becomes impossibly stuck, they may lack the necessary recovery equipment, and they are forced to rely on other, more prepared off-roaders to pull them out.
So, if you're going off-roading in the sand anytime soon, let's get you ready!
It All Starts with Your Tires When Off-Roading in Sand
The air pressure in your tires is maybe the most crucial item to remember when off-roading in sand.
Any off-road vehicle is going to be heavy, and heavy things sink in the sand. You can avoid this issue simply inflating your tires.
By inflating your tires, you increase the surface area of the tire, distributing the weight of your vehicle over a wider area. Deflating the tires also increases the surface area available for traction in the sand.
There is no specific air pressure that should be used for every condition of sand off-roading. However, a decent rule of thumb is to reduce the pressure to 20 psi and see how it works.
Maintain Your Momentum
Going in sand necessitates maintaining momentum, especially while driving uphill, such as on a sand dune.
Of course, you shouldn't go overboard with your speed. It's a tricky balance; too little momentum and you risk becoming trapped. Too much momentum and high RPMs may cause harm to your rig.
Another item to remember when off-roading in sand is to avoid changing gears when ascending a sandy surface, such as a dune. Similarly, don't slam on the brakes. Shifts in gear or abrupt throttle changes will only make the uphill more difficult.
If You Get Stuck While Off-Roading in Sand
If you are stuck, downshift and blast on the gas to try to get out. You'll only make matters worse.
Try to back out using your tracks as a guide. Your tracks will have compacted the sand, making it the simplest way to get unstuck. You may need to push sand away from the backside of each wheel to get going more readily.
If backing out doesn't work, you can use traction mats to give yourself something firm to get your rig moving.
Prepare for off-roading in sand by knowing your vehicle's limits
Off-roading in sand, like any adventure, necessitates planning ahead of time to prepare yourself and your vehicle for the obstacles of sandy terrain.
If you've never driven on sand before, familiarize yourself with sand driving tips. Install the necessary recovery equipment (such as a shovel, traction mats, a high-lift jack, and tow straps, to mention a few) and safety equipment in your vehicle (like a 10-foot flag, a first-aid kit, lots of water, and food). Check the weather before you go, look at maps to acquaint yourself with the area, and don't simply floor it and go for it if you're not sure what's on the other side of a dune!
The more you prepare, like with most things, the better off you'll be. Following these four sand off-roading recommendations will get