4WD Tyres and Beach Driving

Australia arguably has the best beaches in the world for 4WD driving. Driving in the sand follows its own set of rules. Here are our best basic tips for driving off-road.


4WD Cheat Sheet

Vehicle Modification

Small vehicle lifts and investing in a bigger tyre can go a long way. Otherwise, functional additions such as roof racks and spotlights can come in handy. Only you know the conditions you plan to be driving in. You can accessorize your 4WD accordingly reflective of environmental conditions.

Lower Tyre Pressure

To ensure you do not bury your tyres in the sand, lower the tyre pressure. This will allow your vehicle to stay on top of the sand rather than dig into it. We recommend a PSI of 15 to 20.



Your speed range should be within 20km/h to 60km/h. The harder the sand is with fewer obstacles, the quicker you can go.


Turning Around

Reverse as much as possible. Otherwise, turn towards the water following a decreasing, sloped angle. Your vehicle will most likely struggle driving up a slope, in the sand.


Vehicle Recovery

We recommend you take a shovel with you to dig a path to recover your car if it gets stuck. You can also lower the tyre pressure. You can attempt to push the car out with your passengers or call for the assistance of a nearby car to help pull it out. Drive with caution near the water or in areas with an incoming tide. Traction boards and a snatch strap should be an addition to any 4WD vehicle.



Watch out for rust! Wash your car after and do not forget to wash underneath.


Bud’s Tyres are experts in 4WD tyres. If you are unsure which tyres your car requires for driving off-road in certain conditions, give us a call or visit us in-store.


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4WD Tyres and Beach Driving. Image via Traveller.com.au

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