How Well Does a Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco Drive on the Beach
Driving on beach sand can be tricky, but using common sense will be fun. There are things to think about:
- Tire Pressure needs to be lowered below street value, maybe around 12 to 18 lbs for soft sand and 15 to 20 lbs for hard sand.
- I think this would be a good time to use your 4-wheel drive.
- Drive at a slower speed than a road and look for what may be trouble spots to avoid.
- Do not drive in the salt water. Bad for any SUV.
- Do not be on the beach during or after heavy rain, as the sand may be soft and slippery.
- You may also need to carry a spare tire, a jack, and a tire gauge in case of a puncture.
- Avoid sudden acceleration, braking, or turning, as this can cause your wheels to dig into the sand and lose traction.
- If you encounter a steep slope or a soft patch of sand, maintain your momentum and avoid stopping or changing gears.
- You should also avoid driving on dunes, vegetation, or wetlands, as this can damage the ecosystem, cause erosion, and get you stuck or arrested.
- Be mindful of other beach users, such as pedestrians, cyclists, surfers, and fishermen, and give them plenty of space and courtesy.
Following most of the tips I have listed has proved well for me throughout my life when driving on the beaches in Texas and Florida.
Happy Beach Days!
Author: Stephen Foster, Custom Grafix