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Date Registered: 02-2004
Location: Panania, Sydney
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Re: Pre-Stockton sand practice
I just can't agree with that. Tyre pressure make all the difference in sand driving.
(for me )
In my two situations @ Kurnell:
First: My mistake was taking the slope at too slow a speed, and not driving straight-on up the slope - this meant that the two opposite wheels ended up having minimal contact with the ground (sand) and therefore ended up in the air.
The second slope (the dune), I braked at the top because I felt I was going too fast and didn't want to get airborne over the other side. Braking on sand isn't recommended, let alone on the way UP a dune. Unfortunately, I got the two front wheels over the edge of the dune, and the bottom of the car (chassis) was sitting on the top of the dune. I then tried to reverse down, but it's abit difficult when most of the weight of the car is already sitting on the sand I also ended up getting one of the back wheels off the ground in this instance - so I had only one wheel capable of driving, and it wasn't able to do much considering the circumstances.
I see it as both these situations being heavily affected by the "lack of articulation" - I think most people simply (and incorrectly, IMHO) put it in the "lack of ground clearance" category. It wouldn't have made any difference if I had super-duper mud tyres fitted - the fact that the wheels were off the ground (and lack of traction due to no vehicle weight being supported by those wheels) is the main problem.
Anyone can feel free to correct me if they think I'm wrong!
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