Speed and floatation are the main requirements for driving on sand. Lower tyre pressures to around 16psi to create a larger footprint on the sand. Do not go lower than 9psi or you run the risk of rolling the tyre off the rim.
Gear selection varies from one vehicle to the next, dependent on the weight and size of your vehicle. Diesels are generally harder to drive on sand than petrol as they are heavier and do not have the same ability to gain speed quickly.
Finding the right gear for your vehicle will take some practice. Generally high 2nd gear in high range is a good starting point.
Stick to existing tracks where possible. Avoid sudden changes in direction and tackle dunes head on.
When descending a dune, avoid breaking at all costs. Keep the nose pointing downhill, and don’t travel too fast, but don’t go so slow that the wheels stop turning.
If you do get stuck, rock the vehicle backwards and forwards in gear, building up a small stretch of hard-packed sand that you can move off from. Don’t spin the wheels.
If you have sand Treds now would be a good time to use them.
There are a multitude of websites available offering more information on this topic or alternatively, you can always check with our club driver development officer.