Driving on the Beach in Texas
There are many things you can do on beaches in Texas besides just regular old sunbathing and swimming. Driving on the beach is an excellent way to enjoy the picturesque view without the sandy mess.
If you’re looking for a change of pace from your standard ocean visit, there are a few things you should keep in mind before driving your car to the beach
- Check the rules and regulations before you visit.
One of the biggest mistakes newcomers make before coming to a beach is forgetting to do the research first. Some beaches do not allow driving due to safety hazards or damage to the terrain. If you are not allowed to drive on a beach, the property must have a “Restricted Access” display. You may also have to buy a tag or permit to be able to drive.
In Texas, you are safe to drive on most beaches. We recommend driving on the West Galveston Beach, driving to South Padre Island, and Port Aransas. All offer a beautiful view and are sure to spice up any family vacation – whether you’re staying or just passing through!
2. Prep your vehicle beforehand.
Without a vehicle with four-wheel drive, driving on the beach can be tricky, especially on softer terrain. Your safest option is to leave the family car at home and drive something with a little more power behind the wheels.
It’s also a good idea to have as little weight as possible while driving. Any luggage, equipment, or other gear should be left at home to avoid sinking into the sand.
Lowering the pressure in your tires will also make driving easier. It’s recommended to drop your tires from their regular 30psi to around 10 – 20 psi. Just be sure to air up again once you reach regular roads.
And most especially, don’t forget the gas! There are no gas stations on the beach, and you’ll end up walking a long way to find some if you run out.
Driving on the beach can be exciting and fun, but not if your car gets stuck in the sand. Make sure to prepare your vehicle to cross the beach safely.
3. Drive Safely
Especially if it’s your first time driving on a beach, make sure that you are driving safely to avoid getting stuck. One mistake a lot of people make is to drive too close to the water. The sand on this part of the beach is too loose, and you could get stuck. Make sure to stick near the tide line where the sand is packed in the tightest to ensure that your beach visit doesn’t take longer than anticipated.
Another helpful tip is to follow the tire tracks ahead of you. There’s no reason to track another route when someone else has done it for you! You’ll be less likely to get stuck and have a much better view of the ocean.
Above all, however, make sure that you drive slowly and brake carefully. Some newcomers aren’t familiar with beach terrain and can get stuck or even hurt due to reckless driving. Though it may be fun to speed across the sand, make sure to be careful if you are new – for your safety and the safety of others.
There is so much of Texas to explore – especially it’s beaches! Maximize your vacation or long weekend by visiting the 350 miles of coastline.