While a desert trip can provide a memorable experience, it’s essential to take precautions. There are a few things you can keep in mind to make sure that you and others have a good time.
Here are some tips to help when driving in the desert
- Check your vehicle before starting the trip. It has to be in good mechanical condition. You are going to want a vehicle that is reliable to avoid breaking down. Also make sure your air-conditioning system works. And of course a full tank makes sense, too.
- Make sure you have the right tyre pressure — generally about 15 to 18 psi depending on your vehicle type. Many petrol stations near the desert will help you to deflate and then inflate your tyres.
- Keep a safe distance between cars. It is always recommended to stop on an incline. Make sure that all passengers have their seat belts fastened.
- Bring your Phone and Phone Charger.
- Carry self-recovery equipment like a towing rope and shovel.
- Bring enough water for everybody as you can get dehydrated very quickly.
- Be careful of hot car parts. Metal car parts can get very hot in desert areas. You can burn your skin if you touch a metal car part such as the seat belt buckle.
- Don’t travel in the desert alone: The thought of exploring the desert alone may sound like an exciting adventure. It is probably the most most foolish thing you can do. Always make sure that you travel in a group.
Desert driving is not an easy feat for an average driver. It requires a specific skills set and techniques, especially when a car gets stuck in sand or refuses to start. For more specific tips about driving in the desert, watch this video.
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