The 10 things you need to know about beach driving

Not too hot but not too cold, Easter is the Goldilocks of public holidays and is just right for beach driving.

The weather bureau is predicting mostly fine conditions for much of the State across the four-day long weekend.

One of the best ways to explore our stunning beaches is by heading off road.

But before you take your car on the sand, there are a few tips you’ll need to know

  • Ensure your vehicle is 4WD off-road capable and you’ve packed appropriate recovery equipment. Familiarise yourself with how to use it in case you become bogged
  • Make sure 4WDs are permitted at your chosen location and ensure you have any required permits
  • Check tide times. The best time to drive on the beach is within two hours either side of low tide

  • Lower your tyre pressure if conditions dictate, but don’t go lower than 20 PSI. Beware, lowered tyre pressures increase the risk of vehicle roll-overs so drive carefully and avoid sharp manoeuvr
  • Keep your momentum up when entering or exiting soft sand and stick to driving on hard sand once on the beac
  • Treat the beach like a road and obey all road rules – stick to the posted speed limit, wear your seatbelt, keep left and indicate. Don’t drink and drive

  • Show courtesy to other beach users so everyone can be safe and enjoy their day. Slow down near pedestrians, and watch out for children
  • Beach conditions are continually changing so drive to suit those conditions. Approach washouts, sand humps and other beach hazards with care and at reduced speed to avoid vehicle damag
  • Remember, police regularly patrol beaches and will conduct speed checks and Random Breath Test
  • And finally, as soon as you’ve finished driving on the sand, re-inflate your tyres to the recommended pressure and wash the undercarriage of your vehicle to help avoid rust.