Townsville Bulletin - - Nurrse -

any­thing un­der the wa­ter; sec­ond, the salt will ruin your ve­hi­cle. Af­ter beach driv­ing, hose the un­der­side of the ve­hi­cle, in­clud­ing in the wheel arches and in­side the wheels, with fresh wa­ter. Obey `` no-go zones’’ such as in sand­hill con­ser­va­tion ar­eas, where wheels can dis­turb veg­e­ta­tion needed to hold the sand. On the beach, fol­low nor­mal road rules main­tain more sep­a­ra­tion be­tween ve­hi­cles. Of­ten in sand driv­ing, some wheel­spin is needed for progress, so if the ve­hi­cle has sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol, switch it off. On ac­cess tracks down on to and up off beaches, keep a sen­si­ble dis­tance be­hind the ve­hi­cle in front. If you’re too close and it gets stuck, chances are you’ll have to stop and be­come stuck too. Al­ways carry a re­cov­ery kit — com­monly a snatch strap, gloves and heavy-rated bow shack­les — and know how to use it, in­clud­ing at­tach­ing a make-do para­chute on the strap mid­way should it break while un­der stretch. A bogged ve­hi­cle of­ten can be ex­tri­cated by clear­ing sand from un­der it and from in front of the wheels ( turn off the en­gine and put on the hand­brake be­fore do­ing this). Avoid wheel­spin­ning deeper into the bog. If one wheel is spin­ning, try en­gag­ing the dif­fer­en­tial lock. If the ve­hi­cle is an older model and doesn’t have a diff lock, gen­tly pulling on the hand­brake is a use­ful trick if one rear wheel is spin­ning while the other is not. Of­ten the so­lu­tion is to dig un­der the chas­sis where the crown of the track has met the un­der­side of the ve­hi­cle. As in any off-bi­tu­men ven­ture, if you’re in places such as ac­cess tracks to beaches, see what other ve­hi­cles are there and how they are cop­ing.

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