Some useful tips to remember when you’re driving on sand.
Tyre pressures must be adjusted to meet changing conditions. Do not deflate your tyres to the minimum right from the start. Start off at around 0.8 bar. The softer the sand gets, the more you can deflate. Always carry a pump to inflate your tyres again before heading home.
Getting out of trouble
Use low range to get out of trouble. With automatics, if you have a second gear start option, use it to prevent the wheels from digging in. Unless you have an underpowered diesel, select second gear for pull away with manual 4x4s. Do not use the brakes to stop in soft sand. It will build a wall of sand in front of your wheels. Use the resistance of the sand to slow the vehicle down.
Know your 4x4
Not all vehicles are designed for the same tasks. Know how to set your vehicle up for sand driving. Some need their hubs locked, while others simply need the push of a button to engage the 4x4 system.
Requirements for dune drifting
• Diff locks: The vehicle requires diff locks to keep the nose in the right direction
• Tyres: 33- inch mud terrain tyres with bead locks to keep them on the rim at 0.2 bars
• High performance engine: Engine requires lumps of kW to maintain 5 000 rpm plus to keep the wheel speed up
• Balls of steel