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Between the high tide mark and four metres from the sea, sand is usually firm enough to take a 4x4.

DRIVING ON SAND

Land Rover ambassador Ed Stafford puts the Range Rover SVAutobiography to the test in the sand with Land Rover expert instructor Will McKean.

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THE BASICS

To travel across sand, you need a low gear and steady momentum. Consider lowering your tyre pressure (15psi minimum) to create a greater surface area.

Engage Sand on Terrain Response. If your wheels spin, ease off the throttle and slow the tyres to regain traction.

If you need to park in sand, do so on a downward slope. This will help you when you pull away.

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BEACH DRIVING

'Between the high tide mark and four metres from the sea, sand is usually firm enough to take a 4x4.' Always be aware of incoming tides when you’re driving on the beach.

When driving on damp sand, your wheels may sink into the surface, so use the Mud and Ruts setting. Keep off wet sand as it can contain dangerous areas of 'floating' sand or quicksand.

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DESERT DRIVING

On stretches of firm sand in the desert, you can travel in relatively high-range gears.

Remember that the sand’s surface crust will be stronger, and appear dryer, in the cool of the morning.

Driving in damp desert sand after rainfall can be easier. Flowers blooming overnight will also help bind the sand together.

If you encounter dunes, go around them not over them.

Should you get caught in a sandstorm: turn the rear of your vehicle to face the wind, turn the engine off and wait for the storm to pass.

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BRUSH UP ON YOUR OFF-ROADING SKILLS

Equip yourself with our top tips for tackling these tricky terrains

DRIVING ON GRAVEL

Leave the tarmac behind and off-road like a pro with our expert tips for driving on gravel.

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DRIVING ON HILLS

Land Rover’s Hill Descent Control helps you maintain maximum traction - even on steep and slippery slopes.

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DRIVING THROUGH WATER

Our Wade Sensing technology takes the stress out of driving through water and puts the fun back into driving off-road.

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The figures provided are as a result of official manufacturer's tests in accordance with EU legislation. A vehicle's actual fuel consumption may differ from that achieved in such tests and these figures are for comparative purposes only.