Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tips for Driving on the Beach

ELIZABETH CITY NC., - Each and every day we hear stories of someone having to dig themselves out of the sand or either have their vehicle towed out. We have compiled a list of tips to help insure that you do not get stuck in the sand.

When pulling into access ramp the first thing that you will want to do is decrease the air pressure in your tire to between 20-25 pounds. Depending on how soft the sand is you may need to go lower. When you lower the air pressure it gives the tire a wider foot print which causes your vehicle to ride higher on the sand instead of digging into it. Since you are riding on top of the sand it will also allow for less strain on your engine, as opposed to plowing right through it. Be sure you re-inflate your tires when returning to the roadway. Driving on roadways with underinflated tires is unsafe and very dangerous.

The maximum speed limit on all beaches is 25 mph, so drive at a slow pace. If you attempt to take off too fast you will lose traction and bury your vehicle up to the axle.

Try to drive in the ruts made by other vehicles unless they are deep enough to let you bottom out.

If for any reason you lose traction, do not spin your wheels to try and dig out of the sand. The best thing to do is to decrease your tire pressure, shift into low range and back out of the rut you came in.

The Outer Banks has its own version of quick sand and it is called pea gravel beds which are small stones and usually orange in color. Make sure that you pay attention to the tides as areas that are easily accessible may become quickly impassable at time of high tide. Be cautious not to block other vehicles and park above the high tide line if possible. 

Below is a list of items that you may need just in case you happen to get stuck in the sand:

Tire Pressure Guage
Tow Strap or Rope
Bumper Jack
Board Sufficient to support base of jack
First Aid Kit

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