Some use­ful tips to re­mem­ber when you’re driv­ing on sand.

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - FEATURE -

Tyre pres­sure

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

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