If you plan to take a trip to the beach, you may be tempted to drive on the sand. In California, there are only a handful of beaches you can drive on. But if you do choose to drive, make sure you take precautions not to get stuck in the sand. Trust us, it’s not fun getting stuck and you don’t want to have a tow truck pull you out.
To avoid getting stuck in the sand at all, the obvious choice is to limit your driving and parking to the parking lots. Parking lots truly are your best choice for safety and not getting stuck in the sand.
If, however, you decide to drive on a beach in your car, the number one rule is to stay on the hard-packed sand. The hard-packed sand is easiest to maneuver on and you should not have any problems.
If you have to drive in soft sand, DO NOT stop the car. Keep driving until you have gotten out of the soft sand and onto the hard packed sand. If you stop in the soft sand, you will lose your momentum and your traction, which will cause you to spin your wheels and not go anywhere. Stopping in soft sand is what may force you to call the tow truck and pull your embarrassed self out of the dunes.
You also want to avoid parking your car by the waterline. If you park your car on the hard-packed sand and the tide comes in, the water acts like a big old suction cup and your vehicle will have a very tough time extracting itself from the spongy, quicksand-like effect.
If you want to see all this advice in action, check out this video from Howcast:
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Once you’re all done with your beach adventure and you’re safely away from the sand and salt air, we strongly advise that you immediately take your car to the car wash for a good, solid rinse-off. Washing your vehicle removes the corrosive salt that can eat away at the undercarriage of your car and your braking system.
If your vehicle requires service before or after your trip to the beach, the Family Auto Service team is happy to help. Give us a call or schedule an appointment when you’re ready. With four locations throughout the San Diego area in La Jolla, La Mesa, Santee, and Alpine, Family Auto Service's auto mechanics are available to keep your vehicle in prime condition. If you need a shuttle service while our auto mechanics repair your car, please let us know so we can drop you off where you need to go. Our business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.