Sand Driving: Things to Do to Your 4×4 Before and After

A 4x4 being driven in muddy terrain

Driving off of the smooth roads that you’re used to can be a bit tricky, especially for first timers. Rough, unpaved roads or sand dunes are a risky business. There are many unpredictable elements involved. That’s why prep and aftercare are essential. You’ll want to get your 4×4 up to standard for driving in the dunes, and for future rides as well.

Prepping the 4×4

Cars have come a long way from just simple modes of transportation. To thoroughly enjoy your trip and your 4×4 you’ll need to watch out for a few things. Specifically, you’ll need to watch out for your 4×4 and make sure it’s safe enough to drive through the sand dunes and rough terrain.

Firstly, you have to know and understand your vehicle. Check on its traction control and locking differentials. Ensure the sure all your equipment is up to speed. Change your tires to suit the terrain through which you plan on driving. Check on the shock absorber and get a winch. Rustproof your car, too. How much rustproof your car will need depends on how often you go to the beach, according to professionals at 4X4 Rustproofing.

The car is not the only thing that needs prepping. You, as the rider or driver, will need to watch out for your safety as well. Always have a first aid kit. If you willingly go through rough and bumpy terrain, there’s a big possibility of getting a little bruised or scratched up. Also, keep your car seat belt cutters and a glass breaker. If worst comes to worst, you’ll need a way out of the car.

4×4 After Care

At the end of the day, you’ll still have to make sure your 4×4 is still functional. It’s simple enough. Check every part of your car for any missing parts or loose screws. Make sure your tyres are still intact. Get the sand or any other debris out from under your car. Wash the underside off, because salt water and sand can do a lot of harm if they stay for too long.

The excitement of fun and adventure may sometimes make you forget about all the things you need to do to make the trip a fun one, but the hassle is worth it enough if it gets you and your ride home in one piece. Always be prepared.