How to Get Your Car Out of Sand

If you’ve ever taken your car to the beaches of Fort Myers, North Port, and Sarasota, you know sand can be your vehicle’s worst enemy. Not only does it get all over your interior, but it also can trap your tires, which leaves you stuck on the beach.

Fortunately, there’s a way to get your car free from the sand and it’s easy. All you have to do is follow the steps in this guide provided by Port Charlotte Volkswagen.

Step 1: Free Your Tires

Once you notice that your car is stuck in sand, you need to dig them out. It’s best to use a shovel (yes, a toy beach shovel will work) to make the process easier and faster. However, if you don’t have one, you’ll have to use your hands.

If you need to back up to get out, dig out the rear tires. If you need to drive forward, then dig out the front tires. You’ll need to dig until you see the bottom of your tires.

From there, you’ll want to create a path in the direction where you’re trying to go.

Step 2: Add Traction

When you’ve dug out your tires, you’ll want to create traction between them and the sand to help get your car moving. One way to do this is by deflating your tires. While this can work, it’s important to use extreme caution. Since underinflated tires can cause a severe decrease in performance, you should only do this if you have the tools to inflate them to their proper air pressure once the car is out of the sand.

If you can’t reinflate the tires immediately, then take the floor mats and place them as far under the tires as you can. You want to make sure that they’re face down so the rubber part of the mats is touching the tires.

Step 3: Hit the Gas

Finally, when you have to floor mats down, start your engine and hit the gas. If the steps above were properly performed, you should be able to get out of the sand. But if you’re still having trouble, tap on the accelerator a little harder. And if there are other people with you, have them push the car in the direction you want to go.

Once you’re out, take some pressure off the gas pedal and hit the brakes gently. From there, you should be able to drive off without any problems.

Key Thing to Remember

Getting your car out of the sand is easy when you follow the steps above. But there’s one important thing you need to remember: If you’ve gotten your car stuck in the sand, you’ll need to take it to a professional service department like the one at Port Charlotte Volkswagen.

Sand can cause a lot of damage to multiple parts under the hood. When you take it Port Charlotte Volkswagen, our trained team of technicians will perform an extensive inspection to check for any issues and repair them if necessary.

So if you need help getting your car out of sand, be sure to follow these steps. And don’t forget to schedule a service appointment at Port Charlotte Volkswagen to check for any damage.

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