Top Tips for Easter Camping Trips

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It’s a beautiful time of year in Australia. The sizzling heat of summer is passing, the temperature’s getting a little cooler in the evening, and the smell of hot cross buns fills the morning air with delight. With Easter just around the corner, now is definitely the time to start organising your long weekend getaway. Whether you’re hoping to go camping next to the beach, in the mountains, or near a lake, popular campgrounds get booked well in advance so if you haven’t already made a reservation, jump online and see which campgrounds still have availability!

For those of you who have travelled during the Easter break, I’m sure you’re all too familiar with the Easter traffic and how frustrating it can be with kids in the backseat! It seems that we always promise ourselves that we’ll be extremely organised next year to ensure our weekend goes as smoothly as possible. And yet we often find ourselves running around at the last minute to stock up on food and get the car packed so we can get to our campground with plenty of time to setup. So, to ease the burden of organising your Easter weekend, we’ve compiled a list of our top tips to ensure you have a relaxing and stress-free holiday.

Picking a campsite

Your favourite campground beside the beach was likely fully booked this time last year so it’s best to locate a campsite that is a bit more secluded and not as busy. Needless to say, it’s strongly encouraged to line up a campsite a couple of months beforehand, but if you still haven’t found one then it’s reasonably easy to search online and find a nice campsite that still has vacancies. Don’t forget that it’s a dreadful idea to try and search for a campsite without booking ahead as nothing is worse than aimlessly driving around looking for a campsite with vacancies!

Have an Easter egg hunt!

Every Easter needs an Easter egg hunt for the kids, but trying to remember where you stashed all the Easter eggs can be a bit baffling. Although children are wonderful at sniffing out chocolate a mile away, it’s important that you don’t forget any eggs which can be detrimental to wildlife. It’s an excellent idea to jot down the number of eggs you stash and take pictures of their location so no eggs (and foil) is abandoned for wildlife to eat.

Leave early

This tip is a given as almost every person has experienced the legendary Easter traffic grind. It’s advised to leave as early as possible which also makes it more convenient if your campsite has no booking setup and has a ‘first come, first served’ procedure. Many National Parks don’t allow bookings so showing up late on Thursday or early on Friday morning not only guarantees you a prime camping spot, but you’ll also skip the worst of the traffic.

Change up the camping menu

Even though there’s nothing wrong with the basic camping menu, Easter is a magnificent time to try something new. Damper is always a vintage camping treat and in the spirit of the season, why not add some Easter eggs or cocoa powder to the mix? If you’ve got a camp oven, consider making some hot cross buns which are always a success. Needless to say, you’ll still want to stock up your esky or 12V fridge with loads of seafood and fresh produce for your Easter dinner!

Give your camping equipment a spring clean

Easter is the ideal time to inspect all your camping accessories and give everything a spring clean. There’s nothing worse than the rank smell of mould in your sleeping bag or tent, so give everything a quick clean and make sure you’re not missing any vital parts like tent pegs. While you’re at it, take a look at your repair kit to be sure it’s fully stocked and if you’re missing any cable ties or duct tape, you’ll have loads of time to purchase spare parts and replacements before you head off.

Whilst Easter camping can be a bit of a scurry, following the practical steps summarised above will ensure your long weekend camping trip goes as smoothly as possible. The secret to having a splendid and memorable Easter is to be well-prepared and give yourself heaps of time to plan everything.

If you’re hunting for a wide variety of camping gear and equipment to make your Easter camping more comfortable, don’t hesitate to speak with TJM Australia by calling 07 3865 9999.

Happy Easter everybody!

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6 Things You Should Never Do in a 4WD Recovery

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Most 4WD enthusiasts understand how to safely recover their 4WD after getting bogged in sand, mud, or snow, however we’re always in a constant state of learning and pick up new tips and tricks all the time. Using a snatch strap or winch are both very effective ways of recovering your 4WD, however both techniques are fraught with danger and care must be taken to ensure you and everyone else remains safe.

I’ve seen many dangerous recoveries in the past ranging from joining snatch straps with shackles to recovering from a tow ball, and luckily no-one has been hurt. Despite this, there have been many injuries sustained from incorrect recoveries and it’s paramount that people understand what they should and shouldn’t do. To try and make sure everyone stays safe whilst 4WDing this year, here’s our top 6 things you should never do in a 4WD recovery.

Overload your winch

Even though winches are a terrific recovery tool, you need to take care not to overload them specifically when stuck in mud. Mud has tremendous suction power and failing a recovery in mud is very common. Most 4WD owners will invest in a 12,000 lb winch and this tends to be underrated if you’re stuck in mud up to your chassis. Always use snatch blocks if you have them and dig around your chassis and tyres to lessen the load on your winch.

Forgetting to use a shovel before recovery

Even though shovelling mud or sand from under your 4×4 may not be the most luxurious job, it considerably reduces the force needed to recover your vehicle. The majority of the time, shovelling in front of all four wheels only requires 15 minutes of work and this enables your vehicle to pop up onto the surface far easier. In addition, you’ll substantially reduce the possibility of your snatch strap or cable breaking.

Stand too close to the recovery

One of the riskiest things you can do is stand too close to the recovery. Although recovering a 4WD embedded in sand or mud may be intriguing to watch, it’s also very dangerous as there are a number of things which can go wrong. Your recovery point could fail, your cable or strap could break, or your 4WD could gain too much momentum and launch at spectators. It’s strongly encouraged that everybody stand a minimum of 50m from the recovery and in their vehicles if possible.

Use your tow ball as a recovery point

Although tow balls may look to be durable, they’re nowhere near strong enough to be used as a point of recovery. Tow balls are produced for constant down-load pressure and not rigorous side-load pressure and they will fracture to become a high-speed flying projectile if you try to recover from it. There have been many situations where a tow ball has severely injured and even killed folks simply because not enough people comprehend the dangers involved.

Join two snatch straps with a shackle

In some instances, the length of one snatch strap isn’t adequate to recover your 4×4 so using two snatch straps connected together is the obvious solution. If you need to do this, it’s key that you join the straps together using the correct method and not just attach them together with a shackle which can snap and turn into a dangerous projectile. Snatch straps should only be fastened together by feeding the end of Strap A through the eye of Strap B, and then feeding the same eye of Strap A over the other end of Strap B.

Recover from points which are not rated

Not many 4WDs feature rated recovery points from factory and what may look to be a recovery point is in fact a tie down point for hauling the vehicle. If you make an attempt to recover from any of these points then you’ll most likely see a clump of metal soaring through the air faster than a speeding bullet! Always see to it that you use rated recovery points from at least two M12 grade 8.8 bolts which are attached correctly to the chassis.

The most meaningful element of 4WDing is enjoying yourself and ensuring you return home safely. Although getting bogged isn’t the most satisfying feeling, it’s much better to spend more time formulating a safe and dependable way to recover than rushing your recovery and potentially injuring another person.

For a variety of 4WD products and accessories together with a range of high-quality recovery gear, consult TJM Australia by phoning their staff directly on 07 3865 9999.

6 Off-Road Driving Tips

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For some of us, 4WDing is a hobby that we like to enjoy on the weekends but for others, work may require them to be 4WDing for 8 hours a day! It doesn’t really matter whether you’re new to 4WDing or you’ve had decades of experience, we always seem to pick up new advice and tips all the time. The most important aspect to 4WDing is ensuring our safety and the safety of those around us, so to guide you in the right direction, today we’ll be offering you our top 6 tips to 4×4 off-roading so you and your vehicle arrive home in one piece!

Choose the appropriate gear

First things first, always remember to shift into 4WD before your tyres even hit the dirt, mud, or sand. You’d be amazed at how many folks simply forget to shift to 4WD and get stuck after their wheels start spinning!

On demanding tracks, it’s normally best to use low range 4WD where your vehicle can drive at slower speeds with increased torque being sent to your wheels which assists you in overcoming obstacles with more control. Some outstanding advice passed down to me was ‘drive as slowly as possible and as fast as necessary’ which can be applied to any off-road circumstance. You’ll certainly prefer to be in first gear when driving over rocks, but more momentum and speed is needed when driving through sand and mud to keep your wheels rotating.

Find traction

It’s well-known that decreasing your tyre pressure enhances traction, but most of the time this alone won’t suffice. If you sense your tyres are beginning to slip or spin, don’t give into that habitual temptation and apply more gas because this typically only makes your tyres lose traction even quicker! Alternatively, stop your 4×4 and slowly move your steering wheel backwards and forwards in a sawing motion which helps the biting edges of your tyres find new spots of dirt or grip to the clean side of a rock. You’ll perhaps need to practice this technique quite a bit but once you’ve got it, you’ll find it to be invaluable! Also, remember to keep your thumbs on the outside of the steering wheel to avoid any injuries when driving over obstacles.

Always bring recovery gear!

Getting bogged is all part of the fun and you must to be prepared for any predicament when off-roading. Even though at times you can get away with floor mats under the tyres and some digging, most of the time you’ll need effective recovery equipment to get unstuck and arrive home before sunset! Depending on whether you’re 4WDing alone or with some friends, an electric winch or snatch strap is the best way to effectively recover after getting bogged.

Read the terrain

Even though it takes some practice, foreseeing what lies ahead by reading the terrain correctly is what 4WDing is all about. Essentially, you should never find an unpleasant surprise when driving through a coarse segment of a trail because if you can’t anticipate it, you should get out of your 4WD and have a look. When driving, lift your gaze so you can see far enough in front of you to identify any changes in the trail. Similar to driving a steep hill, you should pick your line prior to driving the ascent including what rocks you want your tyres on and what rocks to avoid!

Inspect the depth of water crossings

You never know when you’re going to run into a creek or river and it’s essential that you always examine the depth of the water before attempting to cross it. If you don’t know your 4WDs wading depth (how far your vehicle can submerge without harm), then check out your owner’s manual. Investigating the depth is not only an indispensable safety precaution, but it also gives your 4×4 time to cool down before plunging through cold water. A seemingly shallow creek could be much deeper than you pictured, and you never know where large obstacles are hidden which can easily get you bogged.

Know your angles

Even though ground clearance is crucial, it’s not the only spec that will assist you in clearing a large rock or obstacle. To get over a high obstacle, you need to know your approach and departure angles which is measured from the ground to the lowest point of your 4WD (typically under your front and rear bumper). The higher the angle, the more clearance you’ll have. Likewise, you should also find out your break-over angle which gives you an idea of how big an obstacle can be that your vehicle can pass without getting high-centred. Although you’ll almost never measure any obstacles, these angles provide you with a firm mental picture of which obstacles your vehicle can tackle.

In a nutshell, knowing your vehicle’s limits and reading the terrain is key to your 4WDing ability so it’s necessary to always stay within your comfort zone when off-roading. Having an accomplished driver as a co-pilot is the best way to strengthen your skills as they’ll have the ability to hand down knowledge in a comfortable and safe environment.

If you need any additional information about off-road driving techniques, or you’re wanting to buy some 4WD products and accessories, talk to the friendly team at TJM Australia by phoning them on 07 3865 9999.

4×4 Buyers Guide – 4WD Lighting

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4WD lighting is a crucial safety accessory for some 4WD owners and they assist millions of people around the world every day. Whether you’re traveling for long distances or driving through animal-strike prone areas at night, 4WD lighting helps drivers maintain their concentration and see further down the road to avoid any unexpected incidents. It’s well-known that poor visibility reduces awareness and exhausts drivers by putting more strain on their eyes, so having a well lit road is the best way to stay safe at night on country roads.

Being able to distinctly see everything in your path makes a huge difference, and they can also be used when changing a flat tyre or even when camping. With so many different types of 4WD lighting available, it can be difficult to decide how to best equip your 4×4 for your individual needs. To give you some assistance, today’s article will focus on the factors you should consider when purchasing 4WD lighting to ensure you make the best decision.

Types of bulbs

There are three basic types of bulbs you can obtain and each differ fairly considerably:

  • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) – Offers the best illuminating capacity and can generally shine twice as far as LED lights. They are strongly advised for drivers who travel at high speeds in the evening but are known to have dirty lenses which can create glare. Their projected lifespan is approximately 2,000 hours.
  • LED – The latest bulb on the market which is becoming quite popular given they only use 10% of the energy of halogen bulbs. LED bulbs are long lasting with an expected lifespan of around 50,000 hours, and are durable, compact, and available in different colours and shapes. Keep in mind that they are more expensive than Halogen and HID bulbs.
  • Halogen – The most common kind of bulb used on 4WDs because they’re easy to find and replacements are cheap, however they don’t emanate as much light as HIG or LED. Plus, they’re also the least energy efficient and their anticipated lifespan is only 1,000 hours.

Light pattern

There are four different types of light patterns available each with unique strengths:

  • Driving lights – Although they’re not as bright as spotlights, driving lights are designed to enhance your headlights by lighting an area wider and further in front of your 4WD. Excellent for highway and off-road driving at night for those wanting increased visibility.
  • Spotlights – While these types of lights travel a long distance in front of your 4WD, they have a more focused beam of light. Spotlights brightly illuminate a small area with a pencil beam to produce better visibility to objects that are far off in the distance.
  • Fog lights – Designed to radiate light onto the pathway in front of your 4WD without being affected by fog, dust, or rain particles. Normally mounted below your headlights and are used along with your primary lights for better visibility.
  • Flood lights – Even though they don’t emanate very far in front of your vehicle, the beam of flood lights can vary anywhere between 40 and 120 degrees and brighten a very wide area within a short distance.

Most 4WD owners who want to have driving lights for safety purposes will have a mixture of spotlights and flood lights to maximise their exposure whilst driving.

Construction

There’s several factors which you should consider when acquiring lighting for your 4WD. First and foremost, you don’t want very heavy lights which puts a lot of stress on the bolts and fixtures holding it in place, particularly when driving on corrugated roads. While lighter is normally better, you should never sacrifice strength for weight as the lights need to be able to tolerate constant movement. The lights bolts, pins, and brackets also need to be strong and well-constructed.

On top of that, any 4WD lighting you purchase should be waterproof not only to keep rain out when cruising at 90kph, but also to avoid any red outback dust from obstructing the clarity of your lens. Waterproofing is also vital if you want to cross any rivers and have your lights immersed. Furthermore, modern lenses are normally manufactured from specialised glass or lexan, so if you find any lightweight plastic lenses then you can be rest assured that they are substandard.

Installation

Even though most 4WD lighting are fairly easy to install for those acquainted with handywork, installing lights on some parts of your vehicle are more complicated than others. TJM Australia have a variety of different 4WD lighting available which their experienced staff can install in their fully equipped workshop. To find out more about 4WD lighting or installation, simply phone their staff on 07 3865 9999.

6 Things You May Not Know About Your 4WD

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There’s many advantages in owning a 4WD as opposed to a 2WD. Not only can you visit some of Australia’s most stunning and isolated locations, but you have added safety features such as better traction and control in hazardous conditions. Regardless of whether you’re a novice or you’ve got years of experience under your belt, there are many aspects to 4WDing and there’s often many things we don’t know about our vehicle. As we’re always in a constant state of learning, today we’ll be offering you 6 things you may not know about your 4WD.

Modifications may not be legal

Shopping for new 4WD products and accessories that will bolster the performance of your 4×4 is unquestionably fulfilling and enjoyable! Even though installing a quality, heavy-duty suspension kit for next weekend’s 4WD park is terrific, it may not be legal. The implications of having illegal modifications on your 4×4 can be serious. In the event you have an accident, you can be accountable and your insurer isn’t obligated to cover you.

Speedometers are often incorrect

When purchasing a new 4WD, everybody just presumes the speedometer, odometer, and trip metre are precise. The reality is, a brand new speedometer can be out by as much as 10% when traveling at high speeds. Coasting down the highway at 100kph when you’re essentially travelling at 110kph can be infuriating when get pulled over! In most cases, installing larger tyres is the reason why speedometers are generally inaccurate, and this also affects the odometer as well given that they use the same sensor. The best way to check the accuracy of your speedometer is by getting a GPS and logging 100km then comparing the two readings.

What’s your vehicles payload?

Your 4WD’s payload is basically how much weight your 4WD is legally allowed to carry, including passengers and modifications. On the weekends, I commonly see 4WD’s packed to the brim with gear and equipment that are undoubtedly going over their manufacturer’s payload and putting themselves and others in danger. If you have an accident, your insurance cover is null and if the police decide to weigh your 4×4, some substantial fines are typically involved. Exceeding the payload puts unwanted strain on your vehicle so if you don’t know what your payload is, simply visit Redbook and have a look at your vehicle’s specifications.

Factory hooks aren’t rated for recovery

It’s almost a rite of passage for 4WD owners to get bogged on sand or mud, but you have to be very mindful not to hurt any person during the recovery process. When using a winch or snatch strap, never use the factory ‘hooks’ that come with your vehicle since they aren’t rated for recovery. There is a tremendous amount of stress put on the components of your vehicle when recovering, and only rated recovery points properly mounted to your vehicle’s chassis should be used. The same goes for your tow bar – although it may seem stable enough, it is fairly weak and can become a high-speed lethal projectile if your try to recover from it.

Your 4WDs wading depth is usually lower than you expect

If you’re doubtful of what your 4WDs wading depth is, now is a great time to look at your vehicle’s manual! It’s essentially the depth of water that you can safely drive across without permanently damaging your vehicle. Most modern 4WD’s have a wading depth of between 400mm and 800mm, so hitting even a small water crossing at speed can do some major electrical or mechanical damage to your 4×4. The only way to boost your vehicles wading depth is by mounting a snorkel.

Roof racks are frequently overloaded

Although lots of people are aware that the roof of their 4WD has a weight limit, a surprising number don’t know what it is. Most modern 4WD’s have a roof loading capacity of only 100kg with some manufactures increasing this to 150kgs. This basically makes most full length steel roof racks unusable as they can weigh upwards of 65kg. The dangers of overloading your roof are twofold – on one hand you raise your 4x4s centre of gravity and on the other, hitting a bump while driving can cause substantial damage.

While there’s likely more things you don’t know about your 4WD, the above list a great starting point as you continually increase your knowledge of your vehicle. The most important points that everyone should be aware of relate to safety, and if you don’t comply with your manufacturer’s specifications, you can end up in hot water.

If you’re searching for any 4WD products or accessories to make your next 4×4 trip more enjoyable, get in touch with the professionals at TJM Australia who stock a large range of 4WD and camping accessories. For more details, phone their friendly staff on 07 3865 9999.

How to Use a Snatch Strap

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Most 4WD enthusiasts will know what it feels like to get bogged. You can be cruising down the beach without a worry in the world then hit a soft patch of sand and suddenly you’re stuck! You’ll need to try digging your way out with some recovery tracks if you have them, but if nothing else prevails then you’ll have to resort to using a snatch strap. While there are a series of recovery equipment available, the snatch strap is an indispensable item that you should always bring with you when off-roading.

It’s very common for people to get bogged in mud and sand, however it’s vital that anyone who travels off-road understands how to recover their vehicle in the event they get bogged. If you’ve never had the opportunity of getting bogged in the past, don’t worry, it will happen eventually! Having your own recovery gear is considered good form when the unfortunate strikes, so if you don’t have a snatch strap already you should seriously consider buying one the next time you’re at your 4WD store.

Load ratings

A snatch strap is an 8 – 10 metre Nylon Webbing strap that is normally between 60mm and 75mm wide. Snatch straps are available in differing load ratings depending on the weight of your vehicle (often between 6,000 kg and 15,000 kg). You should purchase a snatch strap with a load rating that is at least 2 – 3 times the weight of your vehicle.

If you use a snatch strap that’s too light then it can potentially break and become a high-speed projectile. Alternatively, if it’s too heavy then it can potentially hack your tow points from your vehicle. In any case, snatch straps can be quite dangerous and it’s essential that you understand how to use one properly.

Preparation

To give your 4×4 the best chance of being recovered, use a long handled shovel to dig the sand or mud from around the tyres. You should also clear away sand or other impediments from the underbelly of your 4×4 and use a hi-lift jack to elevate your vehicle if required.

Always attach your snatch strap to a correctly engineered tow point on your vehicle and not tow bars, bull bars, or suspension which can easily break and become a lethal weapon. The connection to your 4×4 must be made with minimum rated ‘D’ shackles of 3.5 tonnes which should be anchored securely to the tow point. There should also be no passengers in either vehicle and all onlookers should stand at the very least 1.5 times the length of the strap in every direction.

Recovery method

It’s essential that both 4×4’s are aligned as straight as possible when making the recovery. After the snatch strap has been connected to both 4×4’s, leave approximately 2 metres of slack and make sure there are no kinks in the strap by coiling it into a ‘Z’ figure. It’s encouraged to put a blanket or similar material over the middle of the strap which will reduce any recoil in case the strap breaks.

Ensure both 4WDs are in the same gear (ideally low range 1 or 2 or reverse) and when both 4x4s are ready, use a UHF radio or hand signals to communicate. At the agreed point, the rescue vehicle should accelerate smoothly at roughly 10 – 12 kph at which time the bogged vehicle should release the clutch and accelerate too.

The best recovery strategy is to use controlled momentum instead of excessive wheel spinning or jerky movements. When the action is slow and smooth, the elasticity of the snatch strap will literally ‘suck’ the bogged vehicle out of its predicament. If the first attempt fails then increase the slack to around 3 metres or try to increase the speed of the take-off marginally.

Being an essential piece of recovery equipment, a snatch strap is one of the most effective ways of recovering a vehicle from a sticky situation. If you’re interested in acquiring a snatch strap for your 4WD, TJM Australia have you covered with a range of different load ratings. To find out more, reach out to our staff directly on 07 3865 9999.

How to Drive on Sand Without Getting Bogged

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All adept 4×4 enthusiasts will agree that there’s an art to driving on sand and the more experience you have, the better you’ll be at it. This is because they’ve all been bogged on sand before; it’s simply an initiation into the world of off-roading! Having other vehicles on the beach makes a considerable difference to how difficult it will be to get out. Using a snatch strap will easily do the trick, but it can be much more challenging to get out on your own, especially if you’re under the pressure of an incoming tide! But, getting bogged in sand is all a learning experience, and there’s much more to off-roading than this. The trick to getting yourself out of any sticky situation in your 4WD is to be adequately prepared.

Regardless of whether you’re an amateur or a skilled 4WDer, we’re all constantly in a state of learning so today we’ll be shedding some knowledge and providing some suggestions on how to drive on sand without getting bogged.

Before you begin

You’ll probably know that before you start driving on sand, you need to reduce the pressure of your tyres. Why, you may be asking? Well, decreasing your tyre pressure disperses the weight of your vehicle over a larger surface area by increasing the length of your tyre’s tread pattern. Some folks may tell you that you only need to deflate your tyres so they’re ‘bagging out’ in the sidewalls, but this is very unreliable and can get you into trouble. The only recommended way of ensuring that your tyres are sufficiently deflated is with a well-calibrated tyre pressure gauge.

Normally, reducing your tyre pressure to between 16 and 18psi is ideal for driving on sand, but it’s important to also consider the weight of your vehicle. If you’re operating a hefty load, you may want to lower the pressure to around 14psi, but if you’re travelling light, you can perhaps get away with 20psi.

Technique

While lowering your tyre pressure sufficiently is absolutely imperative when driving on sand, your driving technique also plays an integral role in your success. Naturally, the softness of sand significantly reduces the power of your engine, so maintaining momentum is key when driving on sand. Of course, this will be much easier in automatic vehicles, but much trickier when you’re operating a manual. If you own a manual 4WD, it’s crucial that you keep the revs slightly higher when driving on sand, so if you hit a soft patch, you can easily give your vehicle more power to get through it. In terms of gear selection, the type of sand you’ll be driving on plays an integral role, so there’s no specific rules, but it’s always advisable to keep your 4WD in low range just in case.

What to do if you get bogged?

If you get bogged and there’s no assistance nearby, it is necessary that you don’t make matters worse by trying to force your way out and getting bogged deeper. I always take beadlocks with me, which is a gadget that lock the tyre’s bead onto the rim of the wheel. Most individuals get bogged in soft grainy sand, so the first thing you need to do is lower your tyre pressure until you get traction. Normally, you can decrease your tyre pressure to around 8psi without beadlocks, and to around 5psi with them. Practice makes perfect is particularly relevant to getting bogged in sand, so the more you get bogged, the better you’ll be at getting out!

Keep in mind that you need to be very cautious when cornering after reducing your tyre pressure to this level as your vehicle’s handling will be dramatically altered. You don’t want your vehicle to tip or your tyres to fly off their rims, so care must always be taken. Also, bear in mind that when the ground gets hard again, don’t forget to inflate your tyres. Many accidents have been caused from people forgetting to inflate their tyres after driving in sand.

Additional tips

  • Be cautious when turning
  • Be gentle on the brakes
  • Always drive above the high-tide mark so your vehicle doesn’t get swallowed if you get bogged
  • Always use indicators if there are other vehicles on the beach
  • Always bring a tyre gauge and never attempt to guess tyre pressure
  • Always bring a snatch strap and long-handled shovel
  • Always bring an air-compressor to inflate tyres when you hit the bitumen
  • Look at buying a UHF radio so you can call for help
  • Look into buying beadlocks for when there’s no assistance around

There’s no question that driving along the beach is an experience that all 4×4 enthusiasts should relish, but caution must always be taken to ensure that you and everyone else stays safe. If you’re planning to drive on sand, always be adequately prepared and use lots of common sense. If you need any 4WD products or accessories to make your next journey more fulfilling, TJM Australia have you covered with an enormous range of 4WD and camping accessories. For more details, phone their staff on 07 3865 9999.