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4WD Self Driving on the Beach

4WD Rental Self Driving on the Beach

 

4wd beach self drive rental

4WD Beach Self Drive Rental

We specialized in Fraser Island Tag Along Tours and also in 4×4 hiring of vehicles.

All our vehicles are modified for sand and off road driving. We have more than 200 vehicles available on our books.

Pick Up from Brisbane – Noosa – Rainbow Beach and Hervey Bay – Good deals on V8 Land cruisers at Rainbow Beach

We have a 100% customer satisfaction report. We care about our customers and their safety.

You will receive a full briefing with free maps of Fraser Island.

We also specialized in 4wd Tag Along Tours to Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach at a low cost of $390pp all inclusive.

Commercial Tag Along Tours at the same price only from Rainbow Beach.

Check our website at http://www.pelican4x4hire.com.au

4WD Road rules for Fraser Island

Special rules apply to people driving hire 4WD vehicles on Fraser Island. These rules do not apply to private vehicles.

All hire 4WD vehicles on Fraser Island must:

  • have a maximum of 8 seats
  • have seats that are forward or rear-facing, not side-facing
  • have all items stored securely inside the vehicle—below the top level of the door frame, and not on the roof
  • be fitted with seat belts which meet Australian Design Rule standards.

4WD Driving conditions

When driving around Queensland, the road conditions may change because of weather and the environment, traffic and crashes or roadworks.

Get familiar with different conditions you may experience when driving. The roads you travel on can be:

4WD Driving on unsealed roads

Not all roads are sealed with bitumen. Driving on unsealed roads can be more difficult than driving on bitumen.

Unsealed road surfaces include gravel, sand or dirt. These surfaces can make your tyres lose traction with the road. You should decrease your speed when travelling on these roads and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front.

Weather can also affect driving conditions on unsealed roads. Some examples of how weather affects your driving include:

  • dry weather can create dusty conditions and limit your visibility
  • wet weather can make roads muddy, slippery and boggy.

4WD Driving in dusty conditions

Dust can be caused from strong winds and driving on unsealed roads. These conditions can reduce your visibility on the road.

If you are driving through dusty conditions:

  • pull over, stop and wait for the dust to settle
  • turn on your lights so other vehicles can see you.

4WD Driving in sandy conditions

Driving on sand is very different to driving on a sealed road surface. Sand over the road can make your vehicle lose traction when driving. You should avoid sharp turns, drive slowly and keep up your momentum to avoid spinning your wheels.

Sand locations such as beaches are not suitable for vehicles other than 4WDs. When driving a 4WD on sand, make sure you:

  • engage 4WD locking hubs and use low gears
  • deflate your tyre pressure for better traction—carry an air pump and re-inflate when you drive on hard surfaces
  • bring a jack and shovel in case you get stuck or need to change a tyre
  • pack your vehicle correctly with the heaviest items stored low—don’t over-pack your roof racks as this can make the vehicle overturn
  • make sure you have a first-aid kit and call 000 in an emergency.

4WD Beach driving

You can drive 4WDs on many beaches and inland tracks throughout Queensland—first check if you need a vehicle permit. There are also extra restrictions for driving a 4WD on Fraser Island.

Normal road rules apply with beach traffic being 2-way—so remember to keep left, obey the signed speed, wear your seatbelt and never sit outside the moving vehicle.

When driving on the beach:

  • travel at low tide or within 2 hours either side of the low tide
  • avoid salt water—stay on the harder sand between the waterline and the high tide mark to get the firmest driving surface
  • avoid rocks, pools, and washouts
  • watch out for pedestrians, wildlife, other vehicles and landing aircraft.

4WD Driving on country and remote roads

When driving in the country or along remotely located roads:

  • reduce your speed before nearing the edge of the road—the edge may drop off or have loose stones
  • keep 1 wheel on the bitumen due to the unstable nature of road edges.
  • if you’re driving towards the west, the afternoon sun can affect your vision from 4pm
  • keep an eye out for livestock and wildlife on or at the side of the road, especially at night. Slow down and beep your horn if you see animals at the edge of the road about to cross.

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One Response to “4WD Self Driving on the Beach”

  • Jeremy Charlston:

    We hired a Prado 4×4 from Pelican 4×4 Hire for a week at Waddy Point on Fraser Island. Cobus van Staden was fantastic to deal with. He was friendly, accommodating and made it very easy to do the hire and to return the vehicle. The Prado was in excellent condition and ideal for Fraser Island conditions.
    We have no hesitation in recommending Pelican 4×4 Hire.
    Jeremy Charlston.

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