Can I Drive My Subaru of New Jersey’s Beaches?

When you’re spending the day down the shore and see lifeguards and other beach employees cruising along the coast in pickup trucks or UTVs, you might start to wonder whether or not you could do the same thing in your Subaru.

While the team at our New Jersey Subaru dealer is confident that you can drive on sand with the proper preparation–Cars.com has ranked the Subaru Outback among the best vehicles for driving on sand, after all–you should keep in mind that most beach towns forbid driving on the sand during the busy summer season.

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Many towns do allow vehicles on the sand from September to March, though; some require a permit, while others don’t. Either way, you should always take proper precautions before driving your vehicle onto the beach.

Prepping to Drive on Sand

If you spend much time off-roading around New Jersey, then prepping your Subaru for different terrain or weather is probably a familiar process. With sand, you primary concern is making sure that you don’t sink in. Packed, damp sand is fairly easy to navigate, but loose sand is another story.

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To start, deflate your tires to 15 psi or so. This allows your tires to squish out sideways, creating a bigger footprint to distribute your vehicle’s weight so that your wheels don’t just dig ruts into the sand. Of course, you need to re-inflate them before leaving the sand; even a short trip on pavement with such low pressure could destroy your tires or pull them off the rim.

While driving on sand, try to take turns very gradually. Sharp turns will dig you into the sand. Speaking of digging, keep a shovel handy to refill ruts if you need to reverse to attempt a curve more gradually after digging yourself down.

Whatever type of driving you plan to do, safety and planning are always key. To explore some of the most capable vehicles around here at Subaru of Morristown, be sure to contact us by calling (866) 910-3466 today!

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