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.