BEST WAYS TO GET YOUR VEHICLE FREE FROM A SANDY SITUATION
Let’s be honest – it doesn’t matter if you’re an off-roading veteran or first-time rider, sand can be a pain in the ass if you get stuck. In the open desert, sand just looks like sand and it’s almost impossible to tell when and where a sand trap will clamp its jaws shut around your tires, leaving you to bake until extra crispy in the desert sun.
But luckily for you, SpeedStrap has got you covered with some great preventative tips along with some easy ways to get unstuck if Plan A goes right out the window.
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION IS WORTH A POUND OF EFFORT
Before riding out to the desert in the first place, it pays to be prepared and take a minute to make sure you have everything you need before embarking on your sand-filled journey. A few important things to consider would be:
GRAB SOME OFF-ROAD TIRES
Sand isn’t dirt. Now take a moment and allow this shocking revelation to wash over you. Choosing the right tires, such as one of Tensor Tires’ Sand Packages, can significantly impact your vehicle’s performance in sandy terrain.
Check out tires specifically designed for off-roading and consider selecting a set with a wider footprint and deeper treads, as they can provide better traction on the loose sand.
ADJUST YOUR TIRE PRESSURE
Adjusting your vehicle’s tire pressure can greatly improve your vehicle’s ability to navigate sand. Deflating tires within a reasonable range (typically between 15 and 20 PSI) increases the contact area and improves traction.
Just be careful not to let out too much air, as you can damage the tires or rims.
VEHICLE WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION
It’s good practice to distribute the weight evenly throughout the vehicle to prevent excessive sinking in sandy terrain. Avoid overloading and consider using some roof racks or trailers to make sure that you’re distributing the weight effectively.
USE LIGHTS FOR NIGHT RIDING
If you’re trying to beat the heat by riding at night, you better be rocking some killer lights for keeping an eye out on every inch of the dunes for trouble. Luckily, Baja Designs has a the best selection of off-road lighting around to make sure that there are no surprises waiting for you in the dark!
STEADY AS SHE GOES
Mastering consistent driving techniques can help reduce the risk of getting stuck as well. Keeping a steady speed while avoiding sudden stops or jolts will help your vehicle maintain traction. Additionally, try to follow any existing tire tracks or paths that have already been taken by other vehicles.
TECHNIQUES GETTING YOURSELF UNSTUCK FROM THE SAND
Plan A might have failed with flying colors, but if you’re already stuck in the sand then nothing sounds more official than a Plan B. Here are a few techniques that can help you get yourself free and back into the action:
ASSESS THE SITUATION
When you realize that your vehicle is stuck, remain calm and evaluate the situation. Assess the depth and type of sand, the vehicle’s position, and any potential obstacles that might get in the way of your attempts at freedom.
USE TOW STRAPS AND RECOVERY ROPES TO GET UNSTUCK
If another vehicle is available to help, using a tow strap or kinetic recovery rope between the two vehicles will typically get you out fast and easy. The pulling vehicle should have adequate traction and power to pull the stuck vehicle free.
Kinetic Recovery Ropes
Kinetic Recovery Ropes
ATTEMPT TO GET TRACTION
Use shovels, hands, or any tools that you might have on hand to remove sand from around the tires, especially from the front of the wheels. Clearing the sand allows for better traction and reduces resistance. Once the sand is clear, place a sand ladder or sand mat beneath the tires to help the vehicle gain grip and traction when attempting to move forward or backward.
Didn’t pack a sand mat? Try and fill the dug-out area with something to help traction like rocks, branches, or sand mats. This provides a solid surface for the tires to grip onto and helps to drive the vehicle out.
ROCKING THE VEHICLE TO FREEDOM
This technique involves shifting the vehicle back and forth to create momentum and gain traction. Alternate between forward and reverse gears, gradually building up momentum without spinning the wheels too much.
Be careful not to push the vehicle deeper into the sand while you’re trying this method!
USE A WINCH TO GET UNSTUCK FROM SAND
If rocking the vehicle proves ineffective, using a quality winch, such as the winches from Warn Industries, can provide the necessary pulling power. Secure the winch to a stable anchor point, such as a tree or another vehicle, and slowly apply tension to free the stuck vehicle.
BONUS DESERT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS IN CASE YOU’RE STUCK FOR A WHILE
STAY IN TOUCH
Before embarking on any off-road adventure, make sure that you have a reliable means of communication, such as a mobile phone or a two-way radio, to contact emergency services or assistance if a problem comes up while riding out on the dunes.
If relying on your cell phone, make sure to take note of any dead zones along with places that have great reception in case you need to back track to make a call.
LET OTHERS KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING
Share your travel plans and expected return time with a trusted friend or family member. If you fail to return as scheduled, they can raise an alarm and pass along this information to emergency services to make sure that you get the help you need if you’re unable to call for assistance yourself.
PACK EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
Carry essential supplies like extra water, food, a first aid kit, and emergency signaling devices. We talked about some great tools that can bail you out of a bad situation earlier, so make sure to pack those recovery ropes, sand mats, and tow straps beforehand!
These supplies can prove absolutely crucial in a prolonged recovery situation or unexpected emergency.
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