Can you drive your car on the beach? UK rules revealed

MOST people head to the beach to soak up the sunshine and top up their tan.

However, thrillseekers see the beach as the perfect place to test out their off-road driving skills.

What beaches in the UK can you drive on?

You are NOT allowed to drive your car on the majority beaches across the UK – unless you have permission from the local council.

However, there are a handful of UK beaches that you are legally allowed to drive on.

  • Black Rock Sands, North Wales
  • Pendine Sands, South Wales
  • Benone Strand, Northern Ireland
  • Southport and Ainsdale, Lancashire
  • Pembrey Beach, West Wales
  • Guernsey

Note: These rules do change and you should check the local council website for the rules of the beach before you set off.

The Land Rover is a great choice if you want to take your car to the beach (Credit: Dave Pinter/Flickr)

Can you park on the beach?

Each beach will have different rules when it comes to parking your vehicle on the seafront.

But you are more likely to be able to park on the beaches that are car-friendly – including Black Rock Sands.

You can park on the large area of open sand at Black Rock – but you will have to pay for this privilege during peak season.

When you park on a beach, make sure you’re facing downhill as you may need the momentum.

Is it safe to drive on the beach?

Drivers need to do their research before they decide to test out their skills on the seafront.

When driving on a beach, you should:

  • Keep your speed down
  • Be cautious of other beach users
  • Adjust your driving style to suit the sand
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times

Do I need a 4×4 to drive on the beach?

Four-wheel-drive vehicles are a better choice when driving on the beach because of their higher clearance.

Cars that are lower to the ground are more likely to get stuck in the sand.

How should I drive on the beach?

According to the RAC, you should travel at lower speeds in a lower gear while keeping your revs up.

This will help you maintain forward momentum.

The RAC also advise drivers to ‘let the stand steer your car’ to avoid getting stuck.

If you’re following another vehicle, make sure you leave a gap as stopping distances are different on sand.

TOP TIP: You can lower your tyre pressure to give them more surface area and therefore add traction.

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