Plan ahead for a 4WD break

RACQ has warned motorists planning a 4WD break this school holidays to make sure they have the necessary permits before hitting the road.

The Courier Mail reported up to 40 vehicles were denied access to the Noosa North Shore for not carrying a permit or possessing the additional Restricted Area Access Permits.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said holidaymakers had to have a vehicle-access permit to be allowed on the beach.

“It’s great to see people are out enjoying 4WD holidays again, but please make sure you’re following the rules so your trip isn’t over before it starts,” Mr Spalding said.

“The permits can be easily accessed online.”

Mr Spalding said if you were driving on sand it was important to travel light and only take what you needed.

“It can be difficult for your vehicle to get through sand and it will be even harder if you’re carrying a lot of gear,” he said.

“Please make sure you also keep your speed down in sand and temporarily reduce the pressure in your tyres.

“It’s also a good idea to have recovery equipment on hand and learn how to use it safely if you get bogged, which can happen if you lose momentum.

“Remember, there are a range of hazards when driving on the beach so safety is paramount, look out for families walking, sand wash-outs and fast tide changes. Keep travel speeds to a safe level and stay within the posted speed limit.”

For more information about how to drive on the beach watch this ‘How-to’ video