Conquering the Sands: Isuzu’s Guide to Sand Driving


Isuzu UK has today unveiled expert tips on navigating sandy terrains with a formidable Isuzu D-Max pick-up truck. With its robust design and advanced features, Isuzu D-Max is ready to tackle any off-road challenge, including the tricky sands of the desert.

Isuzu D-Max boasts a range of cutting-edge features, including a versatile shift-on-the-fly 4-wheel-drive system with 2H, 4H, and 4L modes, allowing drivers to adapt to various driving conditions seamlessly. Additionally, its rear differential lock aids in recovering from slippery terrains, while its low weight in its class (between 2 – 2.1 tonnes) and electronically supported steering provide optimal control and manoeuvrability. Furthermore, its high approach angles with large clearance ensure that no obstacle is too daunting for Isuzu D-Max.

Isuzu UK presents a 10-step guide to mastering sand driving with Isuzu D-Max:

  1. Preparation is Key: Before embarking on your sandy adventure, ensure your vehicle is equipped with essentials such as a shovel, traction aids (sand tracks or boards), air compressor, and recovery gear.
  2. Reduce Tyre Pressure: Lower tyre pressure to increase the tyre’s surface area, providing better traction on sand. Aim for around 15 – 20 psi.
  3. Engage 4WD Mode: Switch to the 4H mode for sand driving to distribute power evenly to all four wheels, providing better grip and control.
  4. Maintain Momentum: Keep a steady speed and avoid sudden stops to prevent getting stuck in soft sand. Momentum is your friend in sandy conditions.
  5. Steer Smoothly: Use gentle steering inputs to maintain control, avoiding sharp turns that could dig the tyres into the sand.
  6. Avoid Spinning Tyres: If you feel the tyres losing traction and spinning, ease off the accelerator to prevent digging deeper into the sand.
  7. Recovering from Stuck: If you find yourself stuck, try gently rocking the vehicle back and forth by alternating between forward and reverse gears. Use sand tracks or boards under the tyres for additional traction if needed.
  8. Cleaning Your Vehicle: After your adventure in the sand, thoroughly clean your Isuzu D-Max, paying extra attention to the undercarriage to remove sand and prevent corrosion.
  9. Check for Damage: Inspect your vehicle for any damage incurred during sand driving, including underneath the chassis and around the tyres.
  10. Stay Alert and Enjoy: Off-roading on sand can be both challenging and exhilarating. Stay alert, keep an eye on your surroundings, and enjoy the adventure.

George Wallis, Isuzu UK Head of Marketing, commented, “The 4×4 Isuzu D-Max is designed to tackle the toughest terrains with ease, and sand driving is no exception, no one wants to get beached. Therefore, we encourage all Isuzu owners to unleash the full potential of their sand-tastic vehicles and embark on unforgettable adventures.”

In addition to empowering drivers to conquer dunes and desert trails, Isuzu UK proudly collaborates with the latest Warner Bros. Pictures movie from mastermind George Miller, “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” set in the post-apocalyptic sands, currently captivating audiences in cinemas nationwide.

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