- Take a tyre repair kit with you on your adventure.
- A compressor or pump is an essential part of your equipment.
- Always have a tyre pressure gauge. Incorrect pressure will damage your tyres.
- Fit metal valve caps with O-Ring seals to prevent sand reaching the valve which could cause a slow leak.
- Inflate your tyres to the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.
- Check tyre pressures regularly.
- Inspect your tyres, check the wheel balance and alignment before and after a trip.
- Rotate tyres as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer’s service schedule.
Deflation and Pressure:
- Deflation improves flotation when driving on sand, as it results in a larger tyre footprint and improves vehicle traction.
- Remember that deflating your tyres will reduce your vehicle’s ground clearance.
- An overly deflated tyre may de-bead and come off the rim with potentially disastrous consequences.
- Avoid wheel spin with deflated tyres.
- Hot tyres will reflect inaccurate pressure readings.
- On rocky terrain, slight deflation allows the tyres to absorb shock and mould around rock surfaces giving better grip.
- A deflated tyre’s softer sidewall is less prone to sidewall penetration.
- Re-inflate your tyres as soon as the terrain allows.