From Moreton and Fraser to Double Island, our ‘Camprs’ are pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to beach four-wheel driving. With great four-wheel drive beaches comes great responsibility, so the Campr team wanted to share five of our quick and easy beach etiquette tips.
Sand Driving Tips
1. Indicate When Approaching Another Car, Stay Left
Indicators are a great tool for communicating with other drivers. You know that awkward dance where you don’t know whether one person is gonna go high or one person is gonna go low— that’s where indication works well. When approaching another car use your indicator to suggest which side you will be passing on.
2. Slow Down For People
The beach is often full of families and fisherman having fun. Mix this with the sound of waves and wind and it’s often hard for pedestrians to hear passing vehicles. Our tip is always remember to stay alert and slow down when you see others on the beach.
3. Stay Away From Dunes
Our third sand driving tip is to stay away from the sand dunes. Sand dunes take years to form and are mother natures way of protecting our beautiful beaches and the inland areas from coastal water intrusion. A mindful driver will steer clear and leave the natural beauties be.
4. Road Rules & Speed Limits Apply
Don’t forget that when driving on the beach all the normal road rules apply. This means stick to the speed limit and make sure you always wear your seatbelt.
5. Parking On The Beach
When parking on the beach, park up nice and high to give room along the beach and point your nose downhill. This will show other drivers your vehicle is parked and out of the path and makes it easier for you when it’s time to pull away. Plus, who wouldn’t want a nice view of the surf from the front seat!
If your heading to Fraser Island make sure to watch our beach driving checklist.