Driving on sand is thrilling but you have to have the right tires or you’ll end up stuck.
One of the best perks of living in Delaware has to be the ability to drive on the beach. Now that summer’s here and the July 4 holiday is in sight, the beach offers even more allure to drivers.
But, before you head off-road onto sand, make sure your truck or car is equipped for the job or you won’t be scaling dunes, you’ll be digging yourself out of a sand pit. For proper equipment, start with your tires.
“Selecting the best tire for sand isn’t as cut and dry as you may expect,” fourwheeler.com says. “Just like there are many different types of snow, each requiring a different set of skills and equipment to successfully negotiate, so too are there many different types of sand. You’ve got loose, dry sand that can seem bottomless, moist and firmly packed sand that will easily support the weight of a vehicle, sand that tumbles at the normal 34-degree angle of repose, and other types of sand that can’t grip itself more than 15 degrees or that can exceed more than 44 degrees. In short, there’s no magic bullet when it comes to selecting the best tire for the sand.”
Fourwheeler.com suggests that, if you’re serious about driving in sand, then you’ll want to invest in at least one pair of paddle tires. Paddle tires have a smooth core with large rubber cups, or horizontal treads, on them (think of the paddle wheel on a riverboat). Paddle tires are specifically designed for driving in sand or mud and they come in various sizes with a “huge range of options in regards to paddle size, shape, number, and aggressiveness.”
Fourwheeler.com says you should use paddle tires only on your rear axle and not on the front. Running them on the front increases your steering difficulty.
Another type of tire you should consider is a big, off-road balloon-type tire. These are super wide tires with deep tread to help you grip the terrain. You’ll want to get the widest tire you can find and run it at a low pressure, fourwheeler.com says.
If you’re new to sand driving or you’re not sure what’s best for you and for your off-road vehicle, find a reliable expert whose advice you can trust. You can find such a person at Trick Trucks in Millsboro, which carries a full line of off-road tires of all types, sizes and makes.
Trick Trucks of Millsboro is your aftermarket accessory store located in the same building as In & Out Tire Pros. Trick Trucks is dedicated to providing you excellent customer service and premium products. The two businesses are locally owned by Bill and Rita Schrider), so all work and adjustments can be done in one location. No need to buy and install a kit here while having to take your truck somewhere else for other work. You’ll also get the advantage of Bill’s 45-plus years in the trick truck industry.
With 15 bays equipped with lifts including two fully integrated alignment racks, Trick Trucks can accommodate all types of vehicles. Trick Trucks is your lowered and lifted vehicle alignment specialist. Top of the line tire and wheel mounting and balancing machines with road force balancing. The mounting and balancing machines accommodate up to 30″ wheels and 40″ tires. Top of the line combination shop of aftermarket specialist and ASE mechanics allows for the smoothest aftermarket installation available. Trick Trucks installed parts and labor come with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty.
Trick Tucks prides itself on upfront and honest quotes, timely installations, and quality products and parts. Trick Trucks of Millsboro is part of Trick Trucks & Cars franchise and the In & Out Tire Pros family, a locally-owned and operated auto service center. You get peace of mind knowing every accessories installation is done by trained technicians.
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