While it’s definitely fun to go to the beach, it is important that you are good at off terrain driving and know how to navigate your way through the sand. There are plenty of things to keep in mind when heading to the beach and one of the most important things is to ensure that your tires are suitable for the beach ride. Here are some tips to make sure everything goes smoothly for your used car in Abu Dhabi traversing through the sandy terrains.
Choose Appropriate Tyres
If you plan to go to the beach anytime soon, it’s advised that you get the basic highway terrain or all-terrain tires. Although most of the recent Sports Utility Vehicles come with highway terrain tires, all-terrain tires are better at weathering aggressive tread patterns. You might also want to consider agro terrain tires to get through the mud and rocks.
Set The Correct Tyre Pressure
When heading to the beach, it is recommended you go for 8psi, which is nearly 1.24 bar. This will allow you to stay within the speed limit and also make it easier for you to handle softer patches of sand. And if somehow you feel that the pressure needs to be adjusted, you can always go lower. If you feel that your tires are stuck in the mud, you can reduce the air pressure to nearly 12psi or even lower.
While there are no fixed rules when it comes to minimum pressure, it also comes down to your vehicle. When you lower the air pressure, it is recommended that you keep your speed low and avoid sudden and hard turns.
However, you got to be careful. You should do it steadily to lengthen the tread. This will give it more contact with the surface and help it perform better.
You should also avoid speeding up when you are on soft sand. Your car should neither be too fast nor too slow. Try not to pause at the wrong time or else your vehicle can get stuck in soft sand,
The Tools You Might Need
Before starting your journey, there are some tools that you should keep with you. First off, you should have a tire gauge on you and possibly a small stick to depress the valve. These tools are kind of essential for sand driving. Then, you should also have tire deflators so that you can adjust the air pressure easily. For hands-free deflations, they can be screwed into the valve stem.
As a precaution, you might also want to take a shovel, some traction mats, and a snatch-um strap with you. You might also want to keep an airbag jack and sand tracks.
Other than that, it’s also a good idea to have your tires balanced and rotated regularly. The same goes for alignment.